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Ryan Klachko of Springfield, Ill., accepted an NU scholarship in April 2010 as another of the touted offensive recruits to join the Huskers early in the construction stages of this recruiting class. He became the fourth offensive lineman in the Huskers' 2011 class of recruits.
Projected to play on the interior, Klachko, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound junior at football power Sacred Heart-Griffin High School, picked NU over Michigan State and Purdue. His list of offers also included Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota and Arizona.
“Nebraska was the one that stood out,” Klachko said. “The academic program made a great impression on me. I was set with the school. And on top of that, football is unmatched. I’m so happy I made this decision.”
Klachko’s father immigrated from Russia, earning the offensive lineman an obvious nickname: “The Russian.’’ It was bestowed on him by beloved former Sacred Heart-Griffin offensive line coach John Sowinski, who died at age 79 during Klachko’s sophomore season.
Sacred-Heart Griffin coach Ken Leonard stressed how Klachko would pair up at the college level.
“He’s got a little bit of an attitude, too. He’s a little nasty," Leonard said. "That’s what you’ve got to have at the next level, because a lot of guys are big and strong. He’s ready for what’s coming to him.”
Prior to signing day, Klachko stressed how eager he was to become a Husker.
“For forever, I’ve just wanted to sign and make it official. It’s finally my turn, and that’s just so humbling to know I finally get to take this step. But I’ve got a long road ahead of me.”
Rivals.com rates Klachko No. 12 among guards and 223rd nationally. He’s the No. 10 player at his position, according to Scout.com.
Our take: A road grader with a mean streak, Klachko brings the attitude sought by Nebraska on the offensive line. Like most players at his position, he’d benefit from a redshirt — and that’s likely where he’s headed, despite NU’s lack of experienced depth at guard after the departures of Keith Williams and Ricky Henry.
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