No other player in Nebraska's 2016 class was committed as long as Bryan Brokop, who holds that honor by about four hours over John Raridon.
So in an age when recruits change commitments as often as they change underwear, what tied Brokop so tightly to NU?
And that's a two-way street. NU was the first school to offer Brokop way back in February 2014. That always made the Huskers stand out in Brokop's mind, and it played a big part in why he committed to them so early in the process.
“Nebraska was his first offer and Bryan is a real loyal kind of kid," his coach, Dave Ernst, told Rivals' Illinois recruiting site EdgyTim after Brokop committed. "I know that his mom and dad along with Bryan all felt that Nebraska was just the best overall fit for him."
Brokop grew up a golfer and didn't start playing football until his freshman year. He eventually racked up the accolades that proved he made the right call in picking up the sport.
Brokop was named both a MaxPreps Medium Schools All-American and a member of the Daily Southtown's All-Area team. He was also named to the Class 5A all-state team by the Illinois Football Coaches Association.
He also helped lead his high school to its first ever appearance in a state championship game in 2015, though they ultimately fell in the finals.
Lincoln-Way West was run-heavy with a 2,000-yard back, and Brokop thrived with the power football mentality, recording more than 70 pancake blocks as a senior.
Brokop's rated a four-star prospect by Scout and a three-star by the other major recruiting services. The 247 composite ranks him as the nation's No. 36 offensive tackle and the tenth best player in Illinois.
Brokop joins Raridon, Boe Wilson in helping Nebraska stock the interior line for the future. His good build and nasty streak will go a long way, as will his ability to pull, but Brokop will be like any freshman coming in with a need to improve technique and footwork. He'll also require a lot of work with his pass blocking simply for lack of having to do it much in the past.
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