Matt Farniok has long been one of the Huskers' top targets in 2016 along the offensive line. Nebraska first extended an offer to the South Dakota native in January 2014, soon after his sophomore season ended.
Entering the final month of the recruiting cycle, Nebraska secured a spot in his final three with Iowa and Michigan State.
Farniok took his official visit to Nebraska the weekend of Nov. 27 during the Iowa game. He visited Michigan State (Jan. 15) and Iowa (Jan. 22) after the dead period, and spent the final week before National Signing Day deciding between those three.
Farniok is the latest member of his family to be headed for collegiate football. He has one brother that played at Iowa State and another at Oklahoma. Farniok's younger brother, a 2018 prospect, already has offers from several schools, including Nebraska.
His older brother, Tom, the one that played at Iowa State, said Matt hit the "genetic jackpot" out of the four Farniok boys.
“He’s by far the best out of all of us,” Tom Farniok said. “Genetically, we got it pretty good, but he absolutely hit the jackpot.”
He finished his career as a state champion at Sioux Falls Washington, the alma mater of Nebraska senior safety Nate Gerry. Farniok was a member of every all-state team and picked as the Gatorade Player of the Year in South Dakota.
Nebraska took four offensive linemen in this recruiting cycle, but Farniok is the only true tackle — and thus a big score. And the Huskers aren’t exactly deep or experienced at the position outside of sophomore Nick Gates. Pass blocking will require some work, and the jump in competition will require an adjustment, but there is a lot to like with both his size and his potential.
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