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Nebraska coaches getting a ‘blank slate’ with Fritzsche as he develops as an offensive lineman

December 20, 2018
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Jimmy Fritzsche’s recent flurry of recruiting activity wound to a close Wednesday.

When the dust cleared, he was a Husker.

A three-star offensive tackle from Greenville, South Carolina, Fritzsche made the announcement at his school, Greenville High. He becomes the fourth offensive lineman in Nebraska’s 2019 scholarship recruiting class.

While some schools wanted the 6-foot-7, 240-pounder to play tight end in college, the Huskers see him as a tackle prospect with a lot of upside as he develops and puts on weight.

In fact, Fritzsche played tight end as a 185-pound junior at Greenville in 2017 with limited playing time, said Red Raiders head coach David Crane, noting Fritzsche transferred to the school the summer before his junior year.

“We planned on him being a big part of things offensively for us going into this season (as a tight end),” Crane said. “Then we lost an offensive lineman right before the season began, and that kind of necessitated us having to shuffle things around.”

That shuffling meant Fritzsche moving to offensive tackle. He’s played there a total of nine games in high school.

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“I told all the college coaches that came through here, the one thing you’re going to get with Jimmy as a player is you’re kind of getting a blank slate,” Crane said. “You don’t have to break a lot of bad habits with him. He’s a kid with tremendous upside from the standpoint of you’re going to be able to mold and groom him into exactly what you want.

“He can run. He can pull. Heck, he can do a lot of different things. His athleticism at tight end was just kind of so-so, but his athleticism at offensive tackle is excellent.”

Nebraska offensive line coach Greg Austin said Fritzsche’s athleticism is apparent on film.

“We’re recruiting length, especially on the edges, and he fits the bill,” Austin told Huskers.com. “We’ll develop his body.”

Fritzsche’s recruitment picked up steam in a big way in recent weeks. He took visits to UConn and Syracuse following the regular season and also hosted Nebraska head coach Scott Frost at his home in Greenville.

Then, just before he was set to leave for Lincoln to visit the Huskers this past weekend, Clemson extended a scholarship offer,

The Tigers’ campus is less than an hour from Greenville, but Nebraska was able to hang on and secure Fritzsche’s commitment.

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“I would say Nebraska’s kind of quietly been his leader for quite a while now,” Crane said. “Jimmy’s just not the type of kid who’s going to live on Twitter. He’s not the type of kid who’s going to broadcast his every thought and emotion. But quietly, in his mind, I think he’s known Nebraska’s going to be his home.”

Rivals rates Fritzsche as the No. 21 player in the state of South Carolina, while 247Sports ranks him No. 32.

If he’s not among the most high-profile members of Nebraska’s 2019 recruiting class, well, Fritzsche probably doesn’t mind.

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