Nebraska’s 2013 recruiting class picked up a big offensive line boost when Brantford, Ont., tackle David Knevel selected the Huskers over Alabama and West Virginia on Dec. 18, 2012.
The 6-foot-9, 285-pound prospect was rumored to be a NU commit after fellow 2013 Husker commit Josh Banderas announced on Twitter a week earlier that Knevel had joined the class. Knevel received a late offer from Alabama and took an unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa in December.
A January enrollee, Knevel played at Pauline Johnson Collegiate High School. He had offers from Wisconsin, Purdue, Missouri and Arkansas, among others.
He took two visits to Nebraska and had the Huskers in a top group with Wisconsin and West Virginia. He dropped the Badgers when coach Bret Bielema left. And he found the Crimson Tide — which just placed two linemen on the Associated Press 2012 All-American team — making a late push. Knevel picked NU.
“It was just their people,” Knevel told Canadian TV station CTV. “They had great facilities. Everything was awesome — second to none, I believe — and yet the most amazing thing after I left was how nice everyone was. How devoted everyone was. The fans. The fellow players. The coaches. The teachers.”
David has a twin brother, Michael. He is also the first Canadian player to sign with Nebraska since Patrick Kabongo in 1999. Kabongo played in 42 total games and finished with 110 tackles.
Kicker Sandro DeAngelis — a 2000 signee — lived on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, but played in Buffalo, N.Y.
Our take: Knevel must acclimate to the physicality of the American game — he rarely played a down in high school where he wasn’t the biggest, strongest guy on the field — but he’s serious and focused about honing his craft. And when an offensive lineman is open to development, he’s ahead of the curve. Knevel slides well and delivers a good punch with his blocking technique. He’ll compete for playing time by 2014 — at the latest.
* * *
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
* * *
Photo Credit: The Toronto Star
These are the players who built Nebraska football.