Future Husker: Dan Samuelson

2012-11-22T18:30:00Z 2012-11-22T18:58:04Z Future Husker: Dan SamuelsonBy the Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

High school

My school: Plymouth (Plymouth, Ind.)

Position: Offensive guard.

Season review: Plymouth finished with a 7-3 record and won the conference championship in the state’s second-largest class. Plymouth lost to Northwood 17-13 in the first round of the playoffs.

Highlight play: “I was on kickoff return, and the other team kicked an onside kick and I went and hit a kid and knocked his helmet off. That was probably my biggest hit.”

Other sports: Track (shot put and discus).

The college life

Projected position at NU: Offensive line.

First contact with the Huskers: “(NU assistant offensive line coach John Garrison) had friend requested me on Facebook and we spoke via Facebook messages. They had seen my film and were interested. He wanted me to call him, so I did, and we talked about who I was and how interested I was. I had been committed to Pittsburgh, and they were aware of that, but they still wanted me to come out for a visit. They were interested, but they wanted to make sure I was interested. I was obviously very interested.”

Date committed: May 22, 2012.

The moment I knew I wanted to be a Husker … : “We got to Lincoln on Saturday and got to talk to all the coaches. We were out to eat with my parents in Lincoln and I told them, ‘There is no way I can pass this up.’ I really liked the setting; the stadium just blew us away. I really hit it off with Coach Garrison and (offensive line coach Barney Cotton.) The last thing I needed to make sure I liked was Coach (Bo) Pelini. After I got the chance to talk to him for a while, I decided to pull the plug.”

If I wrote my recruiting profile

Ht.: 6-foot-5

Wt.: 282 pounds

Mel Kiper would say: “I get off the ball pretty quick and I can get under people and drive them out of there. I kind of have a nasty streak sometimes. I can play all the line positions.”

Rivals.com says three stars: “I was honored that I was rated that high. I don’t know if they’ve seen my film or not. I think that was based off my height; my GPA. I’m always trying to get that to a four-star (rating).”

Quick hits

Favorite athlete: “My favorite athlete was probably (Green Bay Packers linemen Brian Bulaga) out of Iowa. He was an inspiration. I have a poster in my weight room because he was one of the first-round picks (in the NFL Draft) and a Midwestern kid like me. He wasn’t the highest-rated player, but he made it into the NFL and now he’s making it big-time.”

Sporting event on my bucket list: “I’m planning on coming to the Big Ten championship if Nebraska can pull this last win out. I’ve always dreamed of being at that, since my family is really into the Big Ten.”

Favorite Thanksgiving food: “That’s a tough question. I’m not really a picky eater. I like just about anything. My favorite would probably be a tie between cranberry bread and corn casserole. My grandma is a pretty good cook, and she has an old recipe for cranberry bread that is pretty tempting.”

-- Brent C. Wagner

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