Land of 10 has embarked on a series of “Next Generation” stories, a project that aims to bring readers insight into the class of 2017 signees. On Tuesday, Nebraska reporter Chris Heady spent some time with 3-star OL Matt Sichterman in Kings Mills, Ohio, to give you a sneak peek of what you can expect.
KINGS MILLS, Ohio — If you want to get into the Wisconsin stuff, Matt Sichterman can get into the Wisconsin stuff.
The 3-star Nebraska signee actually grew up in that state. Lived there until middle school. He went to Wisconsin games with his family pretty consistently — Sichterman, his parents, his two sisters and the other two siblings with whom he is a triplet. The whole family, in Madison at Camp Randall on Saturday afternoons, jumping around. They even went to a spring game or two.
Sichterman was Badger crazy.
But that’s not really the case anymore.
“So here’s what happened,” Sichterman says, leaning back in a black couch in his coach’s office.
The family moved to Ohio when he was in seventh grade. When he began getting noticed for pummeling defensive linemen in high school, he was messaged by a Wisconsin coach on Twitter.
“Get to 265 pounds, and we’ll offer you,'” Sichterman recalls being told.
At the time, Sichterman was a sophomore and 235 pounds. So he hit the weights, learning to love the gym. And after about a year, he hit his mark … and messaged that Wisconsin coach back.
“I just said something like, ‘Hey I’m up to 265 now,'” Sichterman recalls.
And then he waited. And waited.
Ultimately … nothing. Zilch. Silence. For months.
“And that just kind of, that just kind of pissed me off, honestly,” Sichterman says.
Then following his junior season, the offers started rolling for Sichterman.
First it was local schools — Miami of Ohio, Cincinnati, Toledo. Then Yale came in. Then Pitt, Wake Forest, Purdue, Colorado State, Oregon State, Rutgers. Nebraska came in on Feb. 22, 2016 — his 16th offer. Wisconsin never messaged back.
It took a visit to Nebraska to sell Sichterman, and he’s more than OK with his choice. He can’t wait to play for Huskers O-line coach Mike Cavanaugh, and he loves Mike Riley.
He’s switched Big Ten West alliances, that much is clear.
But trust him when he says his Wisconsin past is now gone. He has an ongoing feud with other guys in the 2017 class on who hates the Badgers most (he insists he takes the cake).
“I can’t wait to play them,” Sichterman says. “We’ll whip ’em.”
We’ll have more on Sichterman for our Next Generation series in the coming weeks, including why he chose the Huskers rather than an Ivy League education and why he’s wired just a little different than other recruits.