Class of 2009

Nick Ash

PositionOL
Height6/5
Weight270
HometownKeller, TX
High schoolKeller

Did you know?


Ash's father, Kent, played nine-man high school football and was part of an 11-student graduating class in Humboldt, Minn.

Coachspeak


"One of the most athletic big guys I've ever been around." - Kevin Atkinson, Keller High head coach

The gurus say


Holds the No. 81 spot on the Texas Top 100 list, and is ranked as the No. 28 guard by Rivals.com and No. 47 by Sscout.com. Named second-team All-Dallas/Fort Worth area by the Dallas Morning News.

About Ash


Two-year starter played guard as a junior before shifting to left tackle last season. Logged 37 pancakes while allowing just one sack in almost 300 passing attempts by Keller. Intangibles include good mobility and long arms, leaving open the possibility Nebraska could consider him at guard, center or tackle. A 3.8 student who had a wide range of offers, including Purdue, Vanderbilt, Washington State and Arizona, as well as a few Big 12 schools. Ash said when he was playing football as a pre-teen that his dad once joked: "Since you're always a lineman, you're going to go to Nebraska.

Our take


The weight (265) would make you think a redshirt season is in order, and Ash said NU coach Bo Pelini discussed just that notion during a late-January visit. The ability to do everything could give him future value similar to that of NU senior Jacob Hickman, who played guard and some tackle before settling at center last season as a junior.

Originally published Feb. 5, 2009 in the Omaha World-Herald

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