The first school in line was the last one left standing.
Derby (Kan.) High School offensive tackle Alex Conn committed Monday to Nebraska, the program that extended Conn his first major scholarship offer months ago. Both Conn and Derby coach Brandon Clark agreed that gesture worked heavily in Nebraska’s favor, as did the trio of offensive line coach Greg Austin, running backs coach Ryan Held and head coach Scott Frost.
“He thinks Nebraska really cares about him, and that goes a long way with Alex,” Clark said.
Said the 6-foot-6, 280-pound Conn: “I was extremely grateful to have received that offer. The relationship has been great. Text, phone calls, FaceTime. Coach Austin seems like a great, great coach. He seems like a guy who knows what he’s doing, and he’ll push you to the limit and a little bit further.”
Conn becomes the fifth commit in Nebraska’s 2020 class, the second offensive tackle and the second from the weekend barbecue that served as a recruiting tentpole for June. Conn had visited Nebraska several times and picked the Huskers over Oklahoma State and Kansas, his other two finalists. He’s the third commit within the 500-mile radius, as well, where the Husker coaching staff hopes to land as many prospects as possible.
He’s also a kid who’s played offensive line since he could put on pads. Clark said he's undergone two growth spurts since entering Derby, a high school just north of Wichita that’s one of the state’s largest.
“He has great hips,” Clark said. “His footwork is phenomenal. You watch our agility drills, our quick-feet drills, and he moves like our 5-foot-9 guys in his 6-6 frame. He’s just a natural athlete. He can really play low, and at that size a lot of 6-6 guys can’t play with good pad level, but he can.”
A consensus three-star tackle, Conn is ranked as the No. 57 tackle in the nation in the 247Sports composite.
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