Nebraska Football had a very successful Junior Day.
Nebraska football had a busy Saturday this past weekend, hosting several prospects. Some spoke to the media about their experiences and where Nebraska football lies in their decision-making. One of them was particularly of note.
Ru’Quan Buckley is a highly-touted offensive tackle prospect that Nebraska has been going after. Buckley is the 34th overall strong side defensive end prospect in the 2021 class, and the 15th overall player in the state of Michigan per the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Measuring in at six-foot-six, 260 pounds, Buckley has several offers on the table. In addition to Nebraska, he has offers from smaller schools such as Bowling Green and Central Michigan.
However, he also carries with him a bunch of offers from some big-name programs. Kentucky, Michigan, and Syracuse are some of the other programs that have extended offers his way. Most recently, he received offers from Syracuse and Bowling Green on January 24.
Buckley would be able to bring an instant impact to Nebraska’s offensive line. He has the ability to drive back defenders, and clear space for a running lane. He also is good in pass protection. Particularly for mobile quarterbacks, he is the exact type of lineman that you would want. With mobile quarterbacks flocking to Nebraska football, Buckley would be a perfect fit for the line.
Buckley’s recent comments to Parker Gabriel of the Lincoln Journal Star should excite Nebraska fans. If anything, he seems very convinced that he would want to spend his college football career in Lincoln. The Cornhuskers could certainly use his play.
“Nebraska is at the top (of my list) right now,” Buckley, listed at 6-6 and 260, said. “People told me I would fall in love.”
Yes, the recruiting process is far from over. Buckley still has several visits to take, and that is certainly expected. With his size and his ability to play the offensive lineman position aggressively, many teams are probably going to want him. However, the fact that he is speaking so glowingly about the Nebraska football program is a good sign that Nebraska may at least make his top five schools. It also shows me that Scott Frost and his staff are trying to build a culture of winning and trying to get as many good players into the program as possible.
It sounds like Nebraska’s Junior Day went very well. In what is probably going to be one of the biggest recruiting weekends in the offseason, it will be interesting to see how many players that went to Junior Day commit to the program.