Frost lauds Austin’s work in landing four offensive linemen for 2019
Nebraska’s offensive line showed signs of marked improvement in 2018 under Greg Austin’s teaching.
Reinforcements are on the way, too.
The Huskers singed four offensive linemen on Wednesday and could add another in February depending on how the numbers shake out.
NU signed tackles Bryce Benhart (Lakeville, Minnesota), Matthew Anderson (Leesville, Louisiana) and Jimmy Fritzsche (Greenville, South Carolina), and guard Michael Lynn (Greenwood Village, Colorado) in the early period.
“Coach (Greg) Austin fights for his group in recruiting as much as anybody on our staff,” NU head coach Scott Frost said. “He wants to get his group right. He takes a lot of pride in that. Love the group that we brought in and Coach Austin did a great job with it. Bryce Benhart is as big of a kid as I’ve ever recruited. Not only that, but he’s a great kid and a really good athlete, an elite wrestler.”
Frost laughed when asked if Austin pushes for room to take lots of linemen in the class.
“If only you were in our meetings ...” he said. “I think Greg would sign 31 offensive linemen if he could.”
Frost spoke glowingly of Lynn and said during his “Sports Nightly” program that the 6-foot-6, 290-pounder has been living on his own since he was 14 and already dabbles in real estate investment.
“He’s going to be a special kid,” Frost added. “Talking to him is like talking to a 29-year-old the way he has life figured out.”
Anderson (6-6, 250) and Fritzsche (6-7, 255), who just committed Wednesday, both have plenty of room for development.
(Anderson) is the frame we’re looking for. I think he’s got a huge upside once we get him in here and get him with (head strength coach Zach Duval),” Frost said. “(Fritzche) is kind of the same type of kid. Love his mentality, he’s going to be huge and he’s a great athlete that plays other positions.”
The Huskers could still sign junior college offensive lineman Desmond Bland (Arizona Western), who has been verbally committed since June, in February or could survey the remaining available linemen in January and decide there’s somebody worth pursuing.