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Max Pirman of Orrville, Ohio, became NU's 17th pledge for the recruiting class of 2011. Pirman gave his pledge to Indiana in April 2010, but a weekend visit to Nebraska with junior teammate Mason Monheim, also a linebacker, in mid-November 2010 was an eye-opener. He changed his college plans one day after leaving Lincoln.
“I just knew right away that was where I wanted to go and play football,” said Pirman. He also said signing day would be “the best day of my life so far.”
Pirman also starred on the basketball team at Orrville High School. On a team that played in the state finals last season, Pirman always guarded the other team's best player, regardless of position, football coach Doug Davault said.
“He's a kid with size who's a really good athlete,” Davault said. “He's not done growing yet. He's still a puppy. Nebraska's going to put 30 pounds on him and probably get him to come off the edge.”
His ability to influence the game is what Davault said made Pirman most valuable during his last two seasons, though he is by no means a finished product.
“Max is still raw," Davault added. "He is at times spectacular, though. His best football is ahead of him. I think he is the perfect kind of kid for (Bo Pelini).”
His rankings won’t wow most. Scout and Rivals gave him three stars, and neither has him in the top 50 nationally at his position. But his strength — Pirman dead-lifts 500 pounds, squats 450 — and speed — he has a 4.67 40 — give some indication of what Nebraska coaches see in him down the line.
Pirman's dad was an offensive line starter for Don James at Kent State. Pirman, also a basketball standout, became the second NU pledge in the 2011 class from Ohio, joining defensive tackle Kevin Williams.
Our take: Big guys who can run are always wanted, and Pirman definitely fits that bill. Nebraska had targeted Pirman as a defensive end for the majority of his recruitment but recently has opened up to the idea of Pirman playing tight end. Either way, a redshirt season is expected. He has the body to pack on more weight, and the frame to carry it well.
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