Mick Stoltenberg sees the time around signing day as both a start to his Nebraska football career and the next important step in his comeback from a knee injury.
The Gretna senior has seen limited activity since surgery Sept. 16 to repair cartilage damage to his left knee. Stoltenberg started some physical therapy recently with the hope of getting the OK to start jogging in coming weeks.
“Once I am let free to do some strength training and stuff like that, I'll be working pretty hard to get myself where I was before the injury,” he said.
“It's kind of hard not doing something. Right now, I'd probably be wrestling or playing basketball. I've always been really active.”
The 6-foot-5, 265-pounder missed all but two football games last season for the Dragons after committing to NU last summer. But he expects to be full go by the time he reports for the Huskers' summer conditioning program in June.
He is likely to start his NU career on the offensive side of the ball at tight end or perhaps tackle.
A three-star recruit, Stoltenberg receives offseason training from former Husker defensive lineman Steve Warren.
“Big-time prospect for sure,” Warren said. “He's a kid that a lot of people didn't know, but they're starting to figure it out.”
Stoltenberg, a late-riser after a Husker Online profile in February touted his ability, already has a good 40 time at 4.8 seconds.
“He's a kid who can get to 280 pounds easily,” Gretna coach Chad Jepsen said. “What college coaches want him to be, he'll be able to do it. He's a quick learner.”
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