The first tackle domino in Nebraska’s quest to rebuild offensive line depth through the 2019 recruiting class has fallen.
Matthew Anderson, whom the staff believes will be a diamond-in-the-rough find for the Huskers, announced his commitment to Nebraska on Friday, his 17th birthday. The 3-star tackle, as rated by 247Sports, picked up a Nebraska offer last month and took an unofficial visit in June.
The Huskers were Anderson’s lone Power 5 offer. Anderson told Land of 10 he nearly committed to the staff on the spot during that unofficial visit. He exercised some short-term patience, though, and his initial plan was to wait until the end of the summer to announce his decision.
Instead, Anderson set his announcement date earlier this week and now is the 10th member of the Huskers’ 2019 class.
The Leesville, La., native would not have been discovered had it not been for running backs coach Ryan Held’s contacts, which he developed through a decade-plus of coaching in the junior college ranks. Nebraska found Anderson at his rural Louisiana program.
Nebraska figures to take two more prospects at the position in 2019. Anderson became the second offensive lineman in this class, joining junior college guard Desmond Bland, who committed earlier this month.
At 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds, Anderson has plenty of room to grow into his large frame. The coaches love that he has no excess weight on him. Once he becomes their project, the hope is that they can add mass while holding onto the athletic style that attracted Nebraska to him in the first place.