Nebraska received a commitment from Derby (Kan.) offensive tackle Alex Conn. Three takes on the decision of the 6-foot-6, 280-pound Conn:
A quick, agile athlete for a man his size, Conn fits the bill of what Nebraska wants in an offensive lineman. NU offensive line coach Greg Austin wants guys who can move in a spread offense and keep pace with a quick tempo. Conn can do that. He mauls fine, but he's a good puller and shows a nimble pass set. Conn may need a year of development, but he could be a candidate to play pretty early.
Another 500-mile radius win. It's a very strong year in the 500-mile radius, and the Huskers have won yet another battle. It's NU's second offensive line win in the state of Kansas, where the top Oklahoma schools (OU and OSU) tend to do pretty well. Nebraska still has lots of 500-mile radius irons in the fire — including Omaha Burke receiver Xavier Watts — and should emerge victorious often in the next several months. Ideally, the Huskers build their program, when they can, with players in the region.
Nebraska is finally in good longterm shape at tackle. With Conn and Lawrence (Kan.) Free State tackle Turner Corcoran in the fold, the Huskers have multiple years lined up at the tackle spot. NU recruited three of them — Bryce Benhart, Matthew Anderson and Jimmy Fritzsche — in the 2019 class and is actively looking for a junior college option in the 2020 class, as well. NU is going to need tackles to fill the roster when Brenden Jaimes and Matt Farniok matriculate out of the program, presumably to the NFL, in 2021. If either gets banged up, we'll see the young guys sooner before later, as well.— Sam McKewon