Ben Stille's considered one of the top players in Nebraska, and the Huskers locked him up early in the process.
NU officially extended him an offer in May 2015, one of the first three in-state prospects to receive one. Stille had previously visited for the Junior Day a couple months prior, and he returned for Big Red Weekend in June of that year.
That's when Stille chose to shut things down. He committed to the Huskers on June 13, 2015, about five weeks after he landed the offer.
“I’ve been working toward this most of my life,” said Stille in an interview with The World-Herald after he committed. Stille had other offers at the time from schools like Iowa, Iowa State and Vanderbilt, among others.
The Huskers recruited Stille as a defensive end, though he's athletic enough to potentially play several other positions. Stille said during this appearance on "The Bottom Line" that defensive end is his preference, because he's "quick off the ball, aggressive and reckless."
"Stille looks like he could play a base end spot at Nebraska," staff writer Sam McKewon wrote in May 2015. "Stille has an unusually quick first step, and Hudl clips show a player with good strength when he locks in on a guy."
As a senior, Stille had 79 tackles (17 for loss), nine sacks, 17 quarterback hurries, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. He also caught 26 passes for 415 yards and five touchdowns.
Stille also wrestled in high school. He won the Class B state championship at 220 pounds in 2015. He believes wrestling will help him in college.
“Usually offensive linemen are going to be somewhat bigger than you,” Stille told The World-Herald in December. “That’s when you have to use your speed. It’s definitely a different test for me, kind of figuring what works against them.”
Stille's a consensus three-star prospect, ranked as a Top 35 strongside defensive end, according to the 247 composite.
Mark down Stille as the kind of in-state player Nebraska high schools need to produce and the Huskers then need to develop (think Drew Ott). Raw tools are good, but he does face an obvious step up in competition that will require an adjustment. The Husker cupboard got pretty bare at defensive end, so Stille might be coming along at a good time. Having a near-4.0 GPA doesn’t hurt his chances of acclimating quickly.
Here's Stille's tweet from when he announced his commitment to the Huskers:
Committed to the Huskers today! #GBR a href="http://t.co/oihK2GzD7X">pic.twitter.com/oihK2GzD7X— Ben Stille (@Beamer_BENz_) June 13, 2015
Photo: The World-Herald
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