Nebraska finished the 2018 recruiting class on a strong note thanks to the efforts of Scott Frost and his staff, but expect the Cornhuskers to take the next step with a successful 2019 class. Land of 10’s Chris Bumbaca will answer a recruiting question every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Ask him your question on Twitter (@BOOMbaca or @Landof10Huskers) or on Facebook.
So Chris, with the great recruiting effort by Coach Frost and staff this winter, my only question is, how does the O line look going into the season?
— Richard Griffin (@rick_in_az) March 25, 2018
The effort of coach Scott Frost and his staff between the time they took their Nebraska jobs to National Signing Day was remarkable. A lot of hard work went into the final product — the 22nd-ranked recruiting class in the country, according to the 247Sports composite rankings — so lauding their effort is commendable.
Nebraska signed two offensive lineman in the 2018 class, a pair of 3-star recruits. Will Farniok, a 6-foot-3 and 255-pound prospect, enrolled in January and will play an interior line (either guard or center) spot. Willie Canty, at 6-6 and 290 pounds, figures to be a tackle.
Neither will contribute on the line this season. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if both redshirted to save a year of eligibility. They both need to add weight and get stronger; Farniok will have an advantage since he is already on campus.
There are plenty of scholarship offensive lineman. The challenge for offensive line coach Greg Austin will be coaching them up. Strength and conditioning coach Zach Duval has instituted his program this offseason in the hopes of turning around one of the team’s weaker units on last season’s 4-8 squad. But the bodies are there that Farniok and Canty don’t need to be on the field right away.
The Huskers’ 2019 class will feature at least three offensive lineman. I’d expect two to be at the tackle spot, as the staff tries to build depth there. Here are some targets on the line to keep an eye on:
John Olmstead (4 stars, Metuchen, N.J.)
Jack Buford (3 stars, St. Louis)
Jayme Simmons (3 stars, Alabaster, Ala.)
Danielson Ike (4 stars, Kansas City)
McKade Mettauer (3 stars, Houston)