5 Year Member
“He’s naturally larger than any other human that I’ve coached but he’s also a hard worker and extremely athletic because of his wrestling background,” Lakeville North football coach Brian Vossen told 247Sports. “He covers so much space for somebody to get around him. Sometimes just a one-armed shove takes them out.
“Most of the big-time linemen that have come out of Minnesota look a certain way. They carry 300 different than Bryce. He’s lean. You look at him and say you’re 305, you can be 380. I’m not saying people will ever want him to be that big. We have two other kids on the team over 300 and they look very different than Bryce. He’s still skinny.”
Benhart announced his commitment Sunday night, marking a major victory for the future of NU’s offensive line and coach Scott Frost’s staff. He is the nation’s No. 187 overall prospect, according to the 247Sports composite and held offers from the likes of Wisconsin, Michigan, Oklahoma and more.
The Huskers beat them all, father Gene Benhart said, because of their coaches.
“They’re real people,” said the elder Benhart, who played in the NFL and played and coached at Western Illinois. “There’s no pressure. They tell you how it is. They need Bryce. They want Bryce.”
And Frost made sure the Benharts knew it. In January, he took the lead on Benhart’s recruitment. Offensive line coach Greg Austin built a relationship, too.
“Obviously, it meant a lot to Bryce,” said Gene Benhart, who spoke Sunday night because his son was unavailable.
Frost’s approach was a change from former coach Mike Riley’s two-minute “enjoy the process” conversation with the Benhart family at a Friday Night Lights camp the previous summer. The family liked Nebraska’s facilities, fans and tradition. Mom and dad appreciated that the school was within driving distance.
Well, I remember a lean OL guy from MN that led NU in offsides/offensive holding penalties (Lydon Murtha).