|HometownBaldwin City, KS|
Baldwin High School offensive tackle Christian Gaylord became the fourth known commit of Nebraska's 2015 class on Feb. 3, 2014, when he announced his decision on Twitter.
"Excited to join Husker family!" Gaylord posted on Twitter.
Gaylord, who attended NU's Junior Day event the weekend prior to his commitment, became the first offensive lineman of the 2015 class.
"It's a childhood dream come true," Gaylord told Scout.com. "My brother and I would wait around when were little for the Nebraska game to start. I remember telling my brother before games that I was going to play there someday."
Gaylord will likely play tackle in his Husker career. He is listed as a four-star recruit by 247 Sports and a three-star by Rivals, ESPN and Scout. He had offers from Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Missouri, Minnesota and Oklahoma State. According to 247Sports.com, he was primarily recruited by former Nebraska offensive line coach John Garrison.
Baldwin City coach Mike Berg said Gaylord is the biggest player in Kansas Class 4A and equally as dominant.
“He's just a specimen,” Berg said of Gaylord, who's started since his freshman year at left tackle and finished with 43 tackles, three sacks and two fumble recoveries as a junior on defense. “He intimidates people. We ran almost exclusively behind him last year, and teams knew we were going to do it. We still went 11-1 and averaged 6.5 yards per carry. He's the best down blocker I've ever seen.”
Gaylord's NCSA profile lists his bench press at 300 pounds with a squat of 335.
ESPN describes Gaylord as having "very good height and size" and a "good first step," while noting that he'll need to shore up his pass protection skills and lateral movement.
Here's Gaylord's Twitter post announcing his commitment:
Excited to join Husker family! #GBR— Christian Gaylord (@Big_Chris_65) February 3, 2014
And here's Gaylord's post from signing day:
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Coachspeak: “He was a full-time guy in the weight room. It was twice a day in the offseason. He’d come in with the team. And then come back in the afternoon to work out by himself.” — Baldwin coach Mike Berg on Gaylord’s work ethic
Our take: Nebraska could use more bodies at tackle. That might keep Gaylord off the scout team this fall, but it’s unlikely he’ll contribute immediately. Most first-year linemen need time to bulk up in the weight room and to learn the intricacies of the position. But there’s plenty of potential. Those who’ve seen him play have always raved about his footwork. So the foundation is there.
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