Monday, November 10, 2008
The Tunnel Stroll...Three Games to Go.
The Recruit Files:
Already Committed: Just in case we don't make it this far again in the near future, The Tunnel Stroll is going for broke, shooting the moon, spilling our seed. Here's a list of each NU recruit the lazy bastards at The Tunnel Walk have yet to profile:
- Chris Williams, ILB. 6-0, 230. Abilene (TX) Abilene. If QB Cody Green is the shining light on the offensive side of this recruiting class, allow me to crown Williams with the defensive honor. Adding Williams, Rivals' 13th rated MLB with 4 stars, to a very young and inexperienced linebacking corps could help to ease my stomach ulcers. That is, until news of a freak injury broke. Williams committed in early October and was recruited by Coaches Ekeler and Cotton. Getting this caliber of player away from Big XII foes Oklahoma, Mizzou, and Texas Tech proves that this staff can deliver on big time recruits.
- Earnest Norman, ILB. 5-11, 220. Euless (TX) Trinity. Teammate, current NU commit, and cousin Tray Robinson may have had something to do with getting Norman to switch his pledge from Kansas to NU. Norman is rated by Rivals as the #39 ILB with 3 stars. Norman switched during the Kansas game, coincidentally. NU 2, KU 0. Norman has yet to qualify academically, so pumping the brakes may be recommended Husker fans. This is a big pickup on many fronts. It obviously helps shore up a lackluster linebacking corps and also adds recruiting roots into that fertile crescent known as the DFW Metroplex. Landing two key players from the best team in Texas could do wonders down the road.
- Nick Ash, OG. 6-5, 261. Keller (TX) Keller. Keller has been to five five Nebraska home games this year, four on his own dime. It might be fair to say that Ash's level of commitment could be classified as solid. With Baker Steinkuhler starting on defensive, NU only has one OL from last year's recruiting class. Not the numbers you want. This year, the OL has been an obvious focus and Ash could be the best of the bunch. The runt (at 6-5--we love it) of the group, Ash will likely start at guard, though he is versatile enough to play all 5 positions.
- DeAndre Byrd, DB. 5-10, 170. Tallahassee (FL) Lincoln. The current sleeper (Scout only rates him as a 2 star prospect) of this class, Byrd comes from a juggernaut high school program and re-establishes a link to the Sunshine state. A highly recruited corner, Byrd chose NU in August over 20 other offers from the likes of Wisconsin, Colorado, Arkansas, South Carolina, and USF. He has yet to visit NU and that scares The Tunnel Stroll an itsy bit.
- Jesse Coffey, OT. 6-7, 270. Denton (TX) Guyer. Another Texan. Another giant offensive lineman. If there are two things that this class is becoming about it's being from Texas or being really, really tall. Coffey chose the Cornhuskers over Harvard (yes, that Harvard), Texas Tech, and Arkansas. Has the frame to be a monster. Comes from the northern border of the DFW Metroplex, clearly showing NU's efforts to place a sticky web over the entire place, enticing recruits not in a creepy Arachnophobia-type way, but in a benevolant Charlotte's Web-type way.
- J.T. Kerr, TE. 6-4, 230. San Diego (CA) Scripps Ranch. Despite coming from a place called Scripps Ranch, Kerr is about as blue-collar a TE as you're gonna find. Has good, but not great size. Adequate, but not ideal speed. The Tunnel Stroll will hereforto refer to Kerr as Captain Buzzcut. Kerr seems to us to fall into the Jack of All Trades, King of None category, which frankly is exactly where we want our TEs to be. Watson has a good history of developing TEs that kick large amounts of ass on their way to the NFL (Daniel Graham, Quinn Sypniewski, Joe Klopfenstein). Maybe Kerr's next, or maybe he's the next Hunter Teafatiller. I would take either one.
- Taylor Martinez, ATH. 6-0, 176. Corona (CA) Centennial. Ahh, the fabled ATH label. Martinez plays QB for his highly ranked high school team, but most feel he is better suited to play in the defensive backfield at the next level. We love high school QBs who turn into college safeties. His dad played for Iowa State in the 80s and he seems like a smart kid with good athleticism (4.47 40, 38-inch vert). The NU coaching staff has given Martinez the option of which side of the ball he would like to start his career and we hope he chooses wisely.
- Jeremiah Sirles, OL. 6-6, 280. Lakewood (CO) Bear Creek. While Sirles is not the most highly touted Denver-area recruit (that honor would fall upon DE Nick Kasa), landing him would be a huge pickup for regaining a presence in the burgeoning west Denver suburbs. Sirles comes from a program that runs a pretty balanced offense, so he is no stranger to run blocking. Sirles graduated with honors from the Greg Oden Handsome Boy Modeling School (he looks 38, not 18)
- Shawn Bodtmann, LB. 6-0, 205. Scranton (PA) West Scranton. Bodtmann was the second member fo the 2009 class to commit, shortly after the Spring Game. The Tunnel Stroll will further refer to Bodtmann as the Veep or Michael Scott. In addition to being a pretty solid linebacker, the Veep is a highly regarded fullback. However, most insiders don't feel he will end up on the offensive side. That might be due to the pledge of...
- C.J. Zimmerer, FB. 6-0, 213. Omaha (NE) Daniel J. Gross. The NU staff wanted a true fullback and this is their pick. His coach is a former NU fullback. This will cut back significantly on Ndamukong Suh's reps, but all is well. NU hasn't had a true FB since Dane Todd and it may be interesting to see what a true lead blocker could do in front of one of our big backs.
From The Tunnel Stroll Cookbook: Pot Roast
Take a 3-lb pot roast from your local butcher. Crack a generous amount of sea salt and black peppercorns and massage into that lovable piece of meat. Show that roast that you care. Throw that ol' bitch into a roasting pan. Cover with a lid and shove it in the oven for 2 hours at 300 degrees. During those 2 hours take a nap. Once you wake up, peel a bag of carrots and cut them in half. Dump those suckers in the pan. Peel and slice a medium white onion. Dump in pan. Take a medium sized head of cabbage and core and quarter it. Shove those wedges in the pan and put back into the oven for another half hour. DO NOT NAP this time. Instead, peel and quarter a bag of potatoes and put them in after the half hour. Turn the heat up to about 350 and give it another