Nebraska Football Recruiting: Illinois prospect latest massive lineman with NU offer

Herbie Husker entertains the Nebraska Cornhuskers fans (Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports)
Herbie Husker entertains the Nebraska Cornhuskers fans (Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports) /

When it comes to Nebraska football recruiting and Mickey Joseph’s approach to building for the future, the plan has been made incredibly clear. Get as many big offensive linemen as possible and let the rest sort itself out.

Anyone watching the Huskers over the last few years can certainly appreciate that approach. The line has been both bad and undersized for most of the Scott Frost era. Joseph is trying to fix that, even if he’s not the coach who is going to reap the benefits.

The Nebraska football recruiting plan was underlined and bolded yet again on Thursday when the Huskers became the latest program to offer hulking Illinois lineman Marques Easley. If the offer stands, it would mean the Huskers are the latest Power 5 program to come calling and fourth official offer.

As is the case with quite a few of the 2024 class, Easley is still a bit under the radar and is only rated as a 3-star prospect by 247Sports, but that’s likely going to change quickly as the calendar moves closer to December of 2023. For now, it’s worth pointing out that all four offers he’s racked up so far have been from big time programs.

That certainly makes sense since he’s a big-time lineman. He’s yet another guy who is already hulking over the competition. The fact that he already stands 6-foot-7 and 300 pounds and could still have some growing to do is a big reason why Missouri, Minnesota and Boston College have all come calling. Now the Nebraska football recruiting machine has zeroed in on him as well.

When reviewing film on someone like Easley, it’s easy to forget that film was put together in order to sell him to prospective colleges. That’s why every clip is of the prospect pancaking his man.

However, what can’t really be hidden is just how much bigger he is than the guys he’s going up against and how quickly he comes off the ball. That’s likely why the Nebraska football recruiting effort has zeroed in on Marques Easley.