Sterup’s Commitment Continues Husker Recruiting Momentum
Hastings St. Cecilia offensive lineman Zach Sterup has committed to be a part of the Nebraska recruiting class of 2011. Sterup's pledge to NU is a significant one, considering the other offers he had to consider. The commitment comes on the heels of two other recent verbal commitments from prospects for NU, and continues the Huskers' 2011 recruiting momentum.
One Big Prospect
The first thing you notice about Sterup is his size. At 6'9'' and 270 pounds, he towers over the competition he faces in high school. He could easily weigh more than 300 pounds and carry the weight well. Sterup is also accustomed to winning. While not facing the highest level of competition in Class C-1 (Nebraska's third smallest classification) he did win state championships in both football and basketball. He is rated as a 4-star prospect (and the state's top rated player) by Rivals.com and as a 3-star prospect by Scout.com.
Nebraska was not the only school seeking Sterup's services. He drew offers from more than a dozen programs including UCLA, Notre Dame, Kansas, Kansas State as well as Nebraska's future Big Ten rivals Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota. He also has the academic chops to have no problems getting qualified and to do well in the college classroom.
Sterup becomes the 12th member of the 2011 NU recruiting class so far. He is the fifth offensive lineman in the class, joining Dylan Admire, Ryan Klachko, Tyler Moore and Ryne Reeves. Sterup is the third in-state player recruited by NU so far, joining Reeves and running back Daniel Davie.
Nebraska has significant momentum for their 2011 recruiting class. Sterup is the third player to verbally commit to Nebraska in less than a week. The Husker class is nearly half full at 12 members so far, which is significantly ahead of NU's pace in other years. It also keeps pace or out-strips the progress made by comparable programs so far for 2011.
Of the 12 prospects pledged to NU so far, seven are rated as 4-star prospects. Excluding Texas, which sort of recruits at a level all its own, Nebraska is keeping up with the country's top programs. For comparison sake, in the Big 12, Oklahoma has 16 pledged so far (nine 4-star rated), Missouri has 10, and Texas A&M has 7. In the SEC, Alabama has 14, Georgia has 12, and Florida has 8.
In NU's future conference, the Big Ten, Ohio State has already garnered 15 commitments. Beyond that, NU is working at a much faster pace than schools like Michigan (5), Iowa (4), Wisconsin (4) and Penn State (1). Of course, much is sure to change in the unstable world of football recruiting. But, with Sterup becoming NU's 12th commit to the 2011 class, it is fair to say that Nebraska is off to a very fast start.