Nebraska got a huge boost today to an already strong recruiting class. David Knevel, from Brantford (Ont.) Pauline Johnson Collegiate chose Nebraska over Alabama and West Virginia at a 10:00 A.M. press conference at his school.
Knevel took official visits to Nebraska, Purdue, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Washington State. Knevel took additional unofficial visits including a return trip to Lincoln and also to Alabama.
“The frame stands out,” Midwest Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu said. “He’s 6-foot-8 and has a lot of room to add weight. He has the length that you look for in an offensive tackle prospect and obviously he has the ability to move that frame. He has good footwork. He is a kid with a lot of raw potential.”
Some the concerns about Knevel have been considering the competition and most of all coming from Canada. There are some differences in the game there to the states, but Trieu says that you have to treat Knevel similarly to players in the states from small towns.
“With lineman it’s similar there to what you see in small towns here,” Trieu said. “They are never going to face anyone that is ever there size. You might expect a player to dominate the smaller players, but in some respects it’s tough for those bigger players to get leverage and a low enough pad level.
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“That’s why the first thing off the bat that I mentioned about Knevel is his physical tools. Those will standout whether he’s playing in Canada, whether he’s playing in Iceland or if he’s in a barn somewhere. You can tell that he’s big and mobile. All his film gives you is a portrait of his physical tools.”
Knevel is also late to the game of football. Of course being from Canada he played hockey up until he was 15 years old. The size, the athleticism, the questionable competition level combined with the fact that Knevel only started playing the game of football a couple of years ago lends itself to the opinion that his best ball is still ahead of him.
“Absolutely his best days of football are ahead of him. It’s upside and it’s potential with Knevel down the line. He’s not a guy that will be ready to play this year, but he’s a guy a couple of years down the line and you give him a chance to get into that college weight room and adjusts to the college game. He has a lot of potential and raw athletic ability.”
***Allen Trieu and Josh Harvey contributed to this report.***