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Zach Sterup, the Hastings St. Cecilia offensive lineman, wondered at one point if the Huskers would be one of his options. Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin had football scholarships waiting. So did Kansas and Kansas State in the Big 12, as well as Notre Dame.
Sterup, an All-Nebraska first team athlete, eventually accepted Nebraska's offer, becoming the fifth offensive lineman for the Huskers' 2011 recruiting class.
He might prove to be one of the Huskers’ first big wins over Iowa as Big Ten rivals, because the Hawkeyes were the first to offer and remained Sterup’s second choice.
“One of the hardest things I had to do was call Iowa and tell them I committed to Nebraska,” he said. “I was kind of thinking Nebraska all along, and I just decided it wasn’t going to get any better than that."
Hastings St. Cecilia went 45-2 during the Sterup's four seasons, winning back-to-back Class C-2 state championships his last two years. He also was member of Bluehawk basketball teams that won three straight titles. His own success on the basketball court tells a little about his athleticism.
“A couple of people have wanted highlight reels and I’ve thought, ‘Heck, they ought to get a highlight reel of him playing basketball,’” Hastings St. Cecilia coach Carl Tesmer said.
Sterup is a fluid athlete who reacts well to being pushed, according to his former coach.
“I don’t know if scary is the right word, but his potential is scary,” said Tesmer.
Rivals.com lists Sterup as a four-star, the No. 1 player in the state and the No. 26 tackle overall. Scout.com has him as the No. 55 tackle and a three-star. Sterup was an All-Nebraska pick for the 2010 season after being a second-team selection as a junior.
Our take: Ticketed as an offensive tackle, but also has ability to play defense (58 tackles, four sacks as a senior) and probably even tight end. Think Zach Potter, who also was a high school basketball standout and brought a rangy build to NU. Other offensive line recruits in this class might be ready to play sooner, but Sterup should be fun to watch as he gets bigger and stronger.
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