Omaha North offensive lineman Michael Decker committed to Nebraska on Wednesday, April 9, becoming the Huskers' first recruit from an OPS school since 2007 (Vikings receiver Niles Paul).
The local is the first in-state recruit of NU's 2015 class and the second offensive lineman, joining Kansas offensive tackle Christian Gaylord. He became the eighth known member of the Huskers' class, and his commitment was quickly followed No. 9, defensive end DaiShon Neal of Omaha Central.
Decker was a first team All-Nebraska selection in 2013.
The Huskers made Decker an offensive line priority before the 2015 cycle had officially started. He attended Junior Day and enjoyed it. He held offers from Kansas State and Wyoming, and was hearing from a lot of other coaches who figured, well, he was eventually going to commit to Nebraska.
Decker said he did because NU "was the one that showed the most interest in me as a person. That's important." Decker lauded the academic support program.
A visit to Husker spring camp before spring break also helped sealed the deal. Decker liked watching NU assistant Barney Cotton and offensive line coach John Garrison, his recruiters, in action. Recent Colorado transfer Alex Lewis made a point to connect with Decker and make the hard sell.
"He told me there's nowhere else that's better than Nebraska," Decker said.
Heading into the 2013 season, Omaha North coach Larry Martin knew Decker was special.
"The thing I feel that separates some kids on the line is that they like to finish blocks," Martin said. "That's what Michael has."
Decker went on to pave the way for Vikings running back Calvin Strong, who became the state's first 3,000-yard rusher.
In February, The World-Herald's Sam McKewon projected that Decker could turn into "one of the top guards in the country" noting that "few get to the second level better than he does."
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