The 2013 Nebraska Cornhuskers recruiting class opened with a defensive cluster, but it appears that the tide may be turning and with gusto.
Plymouth, Indiana’s Dan Samuelson flipped his commitment from Pittsburgh to Nebraska on Tuesday, less than one month after originally committing to the Panthers.
There’s nothing positive about Samuelson’s change of heart for new Pitt head coach Paul Chryst who came on after working as Wisconsin’s offensive coordinator from 2005-2011.
Chryst is trying to rebuild a Panthers program that has been playing mediocre football for some time now and after scouting offensive linemen for Wisconsin, he knows losing big men up front hurts.
Offensive tackle is another area of severe need for the Cornhuskers and their new commit may fit the bill. His size (6’5″ 290 pounds) may indicate someone who would initially begin their career at guard, one always has to take into account prospects’ potential growth.
If Samuelson ends up in Lincoln at 6′ 5.5″ and 295 or 300 pounds, the Huskers may have the perfect potential tackle. While Nebraska still needs to work on filling holes at that position, this flip not only addresses need, it shows the renewed tenacity of the current coaching staff.