Ashland-Greenwood junior Bryce Kitrell knows what it takes to be a Division I football player. His brothers Bo and Brett can tell him all about it.
Bo was a walk-on in Nebraska's 2014 class and recently finished his Husker career. Brett is a sophomore offensive lineman at Ohio. Bryce learned from their recruitment.
"It has taught me to stay humble and keep working harder and hungrier than ever," Bryce said. "It also taught me to not get too high in the highs and too low in the lows. To keep a level head and to be thankful for whatever happens."
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Bryce, a 6-foot, 187-pound running back, was one of the nine in-state players to attend Nebraska's junior day on Feb. 2.
"I love the culture of the program and how the system develops players into men," Kitrell said of his NU visit. "I love everything that is going on there."
Kitrell compiled over 2,000 yards and 19 touchdowns last season. He rushed for 1,242 yards and 16 touchdowns, caught 16 passes for 213 yards, returned 16 kickoffs for 360 yards and one touchdown and had 152 punt return yards. He was also the team's punter with an average of 28.9 yards per punt. On defense he had 70 total tackles and one interception.
His versatility is what recruiters are enamored by most. Although he doesn't hold a scholarship offer, Wyoming, Iowa, South Dakota State and Northern Iowa have all expressed interest, along with Nebraska.
"I'll play anywhere," he said, regarding a position at the next level. "Some schools are recruiting me as an athlete and others are as a running back. It depends on the schools."
Kitrell said he is likely to attend camps at Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota State and Wyoming this summer.
"As we get closer to the summer, I will make a decision on where to camp or visit the school that are recruiting me the hardest," he said.
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Standing from left: Logan Jones, Council Bluffs Lewis Central; Xavier Watts, Omaha Burke; Zavier Betts, Bellevue West. Sitting/crouching from left: Isaac Gifford, Lincoln Southeast; Jay Ducker, Bellevue West; Blaise Gunnerson, Kuemper Catholic.
Clockwise from top left: Garrett Snodgrass, York; Chris Hickman, Omaha Burke; Nick Henrich, Omaha Burke; Ethan Piper, Norfolk Catholic; Max Duggan, Council Bluffs Lewis Central; Garrett Nelson, Scottsbluff.
From left: Moses Bryant, Elkhorn South; Zach Schlager, McCook; Bryson Williams, Lincoln Southeast; Masry Mapieu, York; Cameron Jurgens, Beatrice; Trevor Downing, Creston (Iowa).
From left: Noah Vedral, Wahoo Neumann; Tyler Ciurej, Bellevue West; Austin Allen, Aurora; Brett Kitrell, Ashland-Greenwood; Patrick Arnold, Gretna; Jaylin Bradley, Bellevue West.
From left: Jared Bubak, Lincoln Christian; Gavin Rush, Aurora; Ben Stille, Ashland-Greenwood; Jacob Matthew, Millard North; Noah Fant, Omaha South; Nick Lenners, Lincoln Southwest.
From left: Adam Holtorf, Seward; Tanner Borchardt, Gothenburg; C.J. Johnson, Bellevue West; Calvin Strong, Omaha North; Michael Decker, Omaha North; DaiShon Neal, Omaha Central.
From left: Jerald Foster, Lincoln Southeast; Luke Gifford, Lincoln Southeast; Mick Stoltenberg, Gretna; Harrison Phillips, Millard West; Easton Stick, Omaha Creighton Prep; Trey Carr, Omaha Burke.
Casey Sayles, Omaha North (left) and Nick DeLuca, Millard North. Not pictured: Josh Banderas, Lincoln Southwest; Nathan Bazata, Howells-Dodge; Christian LaCouture, Lincoln Southwest; Mike Minter Jr., Lincoln North Star; Jake Schlager, McCook.
Top from left: Tavarius Bender, Lincoln Southwest; Mike Shoff, Cambridge; Sam Cotton, Lincoln Southeast. Bottom from left: Jake Schany, Blair; Drew Ott, Giltner; Michael Malloy, Sioux City Heelan.
Clockwise from top left: Ryne Reeves, Crete; Daniel Davie, Beatrice; Zach Sterup, Hastings St. Cecillia; Quentin Urban, Millard South; Cole Fisher, Millard North; Ted Lampkin, Omaha Central.
From left: Matt Hoch, Harlan; Tyler Evans, Waverly; Ronald Coleman Jr., Omaha North; Antaries Daniels, Omaha Northwest; Andrew Rodriguez, Aurora; Brandon Scherff, Denison-Schleswig.
Standing from left: Jon Lechner, Omaha Creighton Prep; Brandon Wegher, Sioux City Heelan; Tyrone Sellers, McCook; Cole Pensick, Lincoln Northeast. Kneeling from left: Vondrae Tostenson, Millard South; C.J. Zimmerer, Omaha Gross.
From left: Dan Hoch, Harlan; Collins Okafor, Omaha Westside; Baker Steinkuhler, Lincoln Southwest; Sean Fisher, Millard North; John Levorson, Crete; Trevor Robinson, Elkhorn.
Clockwise from top left: Kyle Dooley, Papillion-La Vista; Harland Gunn, Omaha Central; Noah Keller, Kearney; Phillip Bates, Omaha North; Niles Paul, Omaha North; Jared Crick, Cozad.