Meet the players who plan to don Husker red in the coming years.
My school: Leesville, Louisiana.
Position: Right tackle.
This week: The Wampus Cats have a 3-0 record going into Friday’s game against Pineville. The team’s offensive line has not allowed a sack all season.
Rankings: Rivals.com ranks Anderson as a three-star prospect.
Career highlight play: “Probably my opening play on my highlight tape where I hit this kid straight into the dirt. I like that play because that was a kid who was stepping on my running back after the play. It made me feel good to be able to spread him out on the field like that. I hate when my guys get messed with. I take it personally for some reason.”
He almost became a member of Nebraska's 2019 recruiting class during a recent visit and barring an absolute blow away effort by another school, Leesville, La. OT Matthew Anderson will likely be a Husker within the next couple of months. pic.twitter.com/fNWp76rRzf— Brandon Cavanaugh (@eightlaces) June 11, 2018
Other sports: “I’ve played tennis, and I’m thinking about doing track and field this year for the discus. I played basketball sophomore year. And I don’t know if you consider chess a sport, but I’m the captain of the chess team.”
The college life
Projected position at NU: Offensive tackle.
How the Huskers found him: “The (offensive line) coach down at Northwestern State University in Louisiana, his name is coach J Pond, he was recruiting one of my teammates and he knew that he probably wasn’t going to be able to get me in the recruiting process, so he decided to do something really awesome, which was contact (Nebraska assistant coach Ryan Held), which was one of his buddies. (Held) thought a lot of the SEC schools were missing out and looked at my highlight tape and he contacted me.”
Date committed: June 22.
If I wrote my recruiting profile
Mel Kiper would say: “Plays with passion and emotion.”
On how he’s changed his training since his impactful meeting with Nebraska strength coach Zach Duval: “I started working out a lot more. When I get up there I want him to kill me, but I don’t want to look like a little girl in front of him, so I got to start really taking everything serious. So I’ve started taking things more seriously. I’ve really learned about recovery, because I was really tearing myself down to the bone.”
— Brent C. Wagner