Nebraska is three days into preseason preparations for the 2018 campaign, but on Sunday night added another piece for 2019.
Offensive tackle Michael Lynn (Englewood, Colorado) announced his verbal commitment to the Huskers on Twitter, deepening what is expected to be a large crop of offensive linemen in the 2019 cycle.
"I made every visit (this summer) and my heart kept coming back to Lincoln," Lynn told the Journal Star on Sunday night. "My mind kept telling me, 'This is the place to go.' I've just started to fall in love with it."
Lynn, listed at 6-foot-7 and 300 pounds, is considered a three-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals.
Lynn visited Lincoln for NU's Red-White Spring Game in April and then received a scholarship offer from the Huskers on June 1 after offensive line coach Greg Austin visited his school in May. He picked Nebraska over several other Power Five conference schools, including Arizona, Arizona State and Washington State.
"I think they like first all my size," Lynn said. "My footwork still needs some help and that's a thing I've been working at since I was a sophomore and I'll keep working. But I think they like the way I finish and how my technique is coming together at a rapid rate."
He is the 15th pledge for NU's 2019 class overall and the third offensive lineman, joining Desmond Bland (Arizona Western) and Matthew Anderson (Leesville, Louisiana).
Offensive line is a focus in the Huskers' 2019 recruiting class. NU will graduate seniors Cole Conrad, Jerald Foster and Tanner Farmer after the 2018 season, and also saw Michael Decker decide to retire over the summer. While Nebraska has some young talent at tackle, it does not possess the kind of depth that Austin and head coach Scott Frost would like.
Lynn is the second prospect in the class who projects as a tackle, joining Anderson, while Bland (6-4, 300) projects more as an interior player and one who could potentially push for early playing time as a juco transfer.
Lynn sees upward mobility at Nebraska and thinks he found the perfect fit.
"Honestly, it's like a perfect storm for me," he said. "I love the way Coach Austin is. It's almost not like coaching, it's like teaching. He's not going to rip a player's head off or anything. He's going to say, 'This is what you're doing wrong and this is how we're going to fix it.' It's perfect."
Lynn is the second member of NU's 2019 class from Colorado, joining quarterback Luke McCaffrey. In the 247Sports composite rankings, McCaffrey is the highest-rated player in the state for 2019 and Lynn is No. 5. Lynn is the No. 71 tackle overall in the nation in the composite ranking.
He commiserated with NU freshman defensive end Tate Wildeman, also a Colorado native, throughout his recruitment.
"He related extremely well with me," Lynn said. "He didn't have a (Colorado) offer either, and I talked to him and he said, 'Them not offering me, I took that extremely personally.' I related with Tate on that and I feel like I could play for CU, but I'll play for their rival and I'll beat them."
NU's class now checks in at No. 26 in the country and No. 7 in the Big Ten according to 247Sports, and No. 27 overall (seventh) according to Rivals.
|Matthew Anderson||OT||6-7||250||Leesville, La.||***|
|Brant Banks||DL||6-8||285||Houston (Westbury Christian)||***|
|Bryce Benhart||OT||6-9||305||Lakeville, Minn. (North)||****|
|Desmond Bland||OL||6-4||300||Flossmoor, Ill. (Arizona Western C.C.)||****|
|Darien Chase||WR||6-1||175||Vancouver, Wash. (Union)||****|
|Myles Farmer||DB||6-3||180||Atlanta (Westlake)||***|
|Jimmy Fritzsche||OL||6-7||250||Greenville, S.C.||***|
|Jamin Graham||OLB||6-6||240||Attalla, Ala. (Etowah)||***|
|Jackson Hannah||ILB||6-3||220||Nashville, Tenn. (Montgomery Bell)||****|
|Nick Henrich||ILB||6-4||210||Omaha (Burke)||****|
|Chris Hickman||TE||6-5||220||Omaha (Burke)||***|
|Rahmir Johnson||RB||5-10||170||Oradell, N.J. (Bergen Catholic)||****|
|Michael Lynn||OT||6-7||300||Englewood, Colo. (Cherry Creek)||***|
|Luke McCaffrey||QB||6-3||185||Littleton, Colo. (Valor Christian)||***|
|Dedrick Mills||RB||5-10||227||Waycross, Ga. (Garden City C.C.)||***|
|Jamie Nance||WR||6-0||170||Blanchard, Okla.||***|
|Mosai Newsom||DE||6-5||260||Waverly, Iowa (Waverly-Shell Rock)||***|
|Quinton Newsome||DB||6-2||180||Suwanee, Ga. (North Gwinnett)||***|
|Ethan Piper||DL||6-4||275||Norfolk (Catholic)||***|
|Ty Robinson||DE||6-6||285||Gilbert, Ariz. (Higley)||****|
|Wandale Robinson||RB||5-9||180||Frankfort, Ky. (Western Hills)||****|
|Ronald Thompkins||RB||6-0||203||Loganville, Ga. (Grayson)||***|
|Javin Wright||DB||6-3||195||Chandler, Ariz. (Hamilton)||***|