Nebraska battles SEC power for top OL star in recruiting showdown

Nebraska and Auburn are vying for a top 2025 offensive lineman, aiming to secure a commitment from the highly coveted 4-star recruit from Oklahoma.
Nebraska football takes on Auburn
Nebraska football takes on Auburn / Ronald Martinez/GettyImages

Nebraska football recruiting for the offensive line has been a bit up and down over the last few months. On the one hand, the Huskers are currently in the race for the best offensive tackle prospect in the country in David Sanders Jr. 

Despite making strides in recruiting top talent for the trenches, Nebraska has yet to secure any commitments from outside the state for the 2025 class. However, the situation could change dramatically in the near future if Nebraska manages to outmaneuver a former SEC powerhouse in the race for Broderick Shull.

Nebraska and Auburn are the final contenders for Shull, a 2025 offensive lineman hailing from Bixby, Oklahoma. Shull is widely regarded as one of the top prospects in his class, standing at an impressive 6-foot-6 and weighing 280 pounds. Now, it's up to the Cornhuskers to seal the deal with this coveted 4-star recruit.

Nebraska football squaring off against Aubun for Broderick Shull

That the Huskers are still in the running for Shull is plenty impressive. The 6-foot-6, 280-pound tackle has 13 offers from some impressive power conference schools, including Auburn, Boston College, Cincinnati, Duke, Illinois, Kansas State, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, TCU, Texas Tech, and Vanderbilt.

According to Cornhuskers Wire, recruiting analyst Steve Wiltfong talked to Shull recently about where Auburn and Nebraska football stood with him.

Whether it was getting time around Coach Raiola and that offensive line room and getting time with Coach Rhule and that whole staff, getting around the ag school, he was just seeing that Nebraska is a place that really fits his personality. He feels very comfortable in Lincoln.

Rivals rates Broderick Shull an 5.8, ranking him 9th in his state and 36th at his position. 

247Sports gives Shull an 89 rating, placing him 28th among offensive tackles, 9th in Oklahoma and 195th nationally. 

On3 rates Shull at 92.14, ranking him 10th among offensive tackles, 3rd in Oklahoma, and 132nd nationally.

It's worth pointing out that despite Wiltfong's praise for the Nebraska football program in regards to Shull, his own company believes Auburn has a 92 percent chance of landing the big offensive lineman. This will definitely be something to watch as we get further into the summer.