Christian Gaylord

Christian Gaylord of Baldwin City, Kansas, is an offensive lineman committed to Nebraska.

He's just your normal 6-foot-6, 293-pound teenager for a few more weeks.

Hanging out with buds. Playing "Madden" on the Xbox. "Just chilling before I get up there," Christian Gaylord said.

Oh, don't believe him totally. He's being humble. While some would have shut down their high school athletic careers after signing to play big-time college football, the Husker offensive line recruit from Baldwin City, Kansas, is doing the same as his twin-brother friends across the border.

Putting in work.

Just as Husker defensive lineman recruits Khalil and Carlos Davis have a big state track meet this weekend, so does Gaylord, trying to win gold in Kansas while his future teammates attempt to do the same in Missouri.

Gaylord doesn't throw the discus or shot put as far as Khalil and Carlos, whom he talks to at least once almost every week. (He even got a chance to throw with the brothers at the KU Relays.)

When asked whether Carlos' nation-leading discus throw of 214 feet, 4 inches, grabbed his attention, he laughed: "Gosh, yeah, it does."

Gaylord may not be in that realm, but he has some impressive marks himself. He's thrown the discus 172 feet in competition this season. He's thrown the shot put 52 feet.

"I just love the sport. I just love traveling to different places, different schools, and just talking to the other competitive throwers," Gaylord said. "I just love doing that stuff."

He's made leaps from last year, when he finished third in the discus at state in Class 4A with a throw of 163 feet. He wants to go bigger Saturday.

"I'm looking to get at 185 possibly this weekend," he said. "I've been throwing that at practice in warmups, and just looking to throw that again. And for the shot put (on Friday), I'm trying to get 55."

If he could hit 178 feet in the discus, he'd break a school record. That'd be some farewell for a kid who will be in Lincoln living life as a Husker in a matter of weeks.

That'll be a dream realized. "Ever since I was a little baby, I had a Big Red hat on my head," he once told the Journal Star.

And when he committed to NU, he said of his senior season: “I can’t embarrass myself on the field because then, in a way, I’d be embarrassing Nebraska.”

So even though a coaching change happened within three months of his commitment to NU, Gaylord didn't waver.

He's gotten to know new offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh a lot in recent months, texting back and forth with him often.

"They're just easy to talk to, and they won't beat around the bush with you," Gaylord said of the new Husker staff.

Gaylord will join Omaha North's Michael Decker and Jalin Barnett of Lawton, Oklahoma, as new scholarship offensive linemen in Nebraska's program. Their additions give the Huskers 17 O-linemen with scholarships — six seniors, two juniors, three sophomores, three redshirt freshmen, three true freshmen.

Gaylord said he's "where I need to be" at 293 pounds, but is planning to add more muscle in NU's weight program this summer.

He's realistic about the challenges ahead, knowing the numbers game Nebraska has working on the O-line in 2015.

"If they need me to play early, I'll definitely play early, but I still think they're going to have me redshirt," he said.

First things first, though. Competition on a different field.

The bedroom dresser in Baldwin City could always use another decoration … or two.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7439 or bchristopherson@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.


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