Bryce Benhart

Bryce Benhart will play in the All-American Bowl in San Antonio on Jan. 5.

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Bryce Benhart

6-9, 305, OT

Lakeville (Minn.) North High School

247Sports composite: 4 stars

Rivals: 3 stars

ESPN: 4 stars

Other key offers: Michigan, Tennessee, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Oklahoma

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How he got here: It’s rare for Nebraska to land an offensive tackle prospect as good and coveted as Benhart, who had plenty of options — including Michigan and Wisconsin, schools known for producing pro-style NFL linemen. But Benhart didn’t love his trip to Wisconsin, and according to his dad, he really liked a trip he took to Nebraska for a Friday Night Lights camp. NU’s former staff didn’t pay much attention at the time, but once Scott Frost’s crew took over, Nebraska struck the right tone and got Benhart to Lincoln for multiple visits. Despite a hard push from Michigan — which was farther away — Benhart never visited Ann Arbor. He picked the Huskers, then led Lakeville to a state title. He’s also an accomplished wrestler — rare for a guy that size — who cuts 20 pounds in the winter to make weight.

Our take: Benhart can be a potential Day 1 starter. He has raw strength, massive length and size, and his wrestling background suggests he has the leverage, body bend and quickness to be the athletic tackle Nebraska wants. Benhart will be given every chance to play early and often. His body’s ready for it. When Nebraska has had these types of players in the past — Jaivorio Burkes, Tyler Moore — it hasn’t always gone well. With Benhart’s background, there’s a better chance it will. On paper and on film, this is probably NU’s best offensive tackle recruit since Lydon Murtha in 2004.

They said it: “They’re real people. There’s no pressure. They tell you how it is. They need Bryce. They want Bryce.” — Gene Benhart, Bryce’s dad, on how NU won his son’s commitment