Broc Bando committed to the Huskers on June 17, 2016, while on campus visiting for the Friday Night Lights camp.
He announced his commitment with a post on Twitter, saying he was "Blessed to be able to say I'm committed to play football for the University of Nebraska!"
Bando is a Nebraska native. He attended Lincoln Southeast before he transferred to the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, for his junior year. Bando will finish his high school career at IMG.
“It's home,” Bando said after committing. “I've grown up on Husker Power all of my life.”
Because he grew up in Lincoln, Bando grew up a Husker fan and attended plenty of games as a kid. But NU didn't start seriously recruiting him until the spring of his junior year.
Bando was home for spring break when he made the short trip to campus to watch one of the Huskers' spring practices. About a week later, on April 6, he received an offer from the Huskers. NU immediately jumped to the top of his list, and he'd include them with Kansas State and Louisville as some of his top choices.
The hometown team eventually won out.
“Nebraska’s a good school and I grew up watching them,” Bando told The World-Herald the day before he committed. “From what I’ve seen of Mike Riley and his staff, I think it could be a good fit. I like what they’re doing and how they do it.”
Bando became the 10th member of the Huskers' 2017 class at the time of his commitment. He's a consensus three-star prospect. At 6-foot-5, 280 pounds, Bando could play either guard or tackle on the next level.
He's the third offensive lineman to commit to NU's 2017 class, joining Brenden Jaimes and Matt Sichterman. He's also the second in-state commit behind Aurora tight end Austin Allen.
“I liked everything — I like Mike Riley,” Bando said. “What he does and how he does it. Coach Cav is a good coach. If you're struggling with something, he'll help you figure it out.”
Bando's role now shifts to recruiter. He's took his official visit to Nebraska for the Illinois game on Oct. 1, when he was be on campus with several other highly-rated recruits. After the visit, he tweeted that he "loves being back home."
Bando was one of the top 10 offensive linemen at The Opening Regional camp in Orlando in February. There he posted a SPARQ score of 64.77, which included a 5.53-second 40-yard dash, 4.86-second 20-yard shuttle, 33-foot kneeling powerball toss and 26-inch vertical jump.
Bando plans to enroll early at Nebraska.
“I'm done with visits,” Bando said. “It's only Nebraska.”
Below is his tweet announcing his commitment to Nebraska.
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