Jimmy Fritzsche commit: What does it mean for Nebraska?
Nebraska's second addition on the early signing day comes on the offensive side of the ball as Jimmy Fritzsche announced his commitment and has signed with the Huskers.
The 6-foot-7, 255-pound offensive tackle had 13 offers to his name and picked the Big Red over the likes of Clemson, Louisville, Rutgers, Purdue, UConn, and Cincinnati among others. Fritzsche becomes the 24th known commit for Nebraska's 2019 recruiting class.
Here are some quick takes on what Fritzsche's commitment means for Nebraska.
1. Nebraska wanted to sign an offensive line class that had a great mixture of players that could see the field nearly right away as well as players that have extremely high ceilings after a bit of development. Jimmy Fritzsche was someone offensive line coach Greg Austin identified as having a massive amount of potential which led to an offer early last October. Coach Austin recruited Fritzsche hard from that point on which ultimately helped the Huskers overcome a late offer from in-state power Clemson for his signature on signing day.
2. The Huskers prefer their tackle prospects to be tall, lean and athletic which Fritzsche certainly is. The 6-foot-7, 255-pound athlete had always been a tight end until making the switch to left tackle well into his senior season. Sometimes it's not easy for players to go from a position where they have a chance to get their hands on the football to one where they get very little recognition. However, Fritzsche and his coaches knew this was the best move for his future playing the game of football and he was totally on board and willing to make the move which I think speaks to his competitiveness and character a bit. Again, what you see from Fritzsche on film is just a glimpse of what he will become at the next level as he is far from a finished product, but definitely has the size and all of the tools to become a monster down the road.
3. Fritzsche has light, quick feet as an offensive tackle. He moves well for a player with his height and length and also shows good flexibility and knee bend. He should be able to keep all of those traits as he continues to add more muscle mass to his frame.
4. I like how Fritzsche operates in space. He does a good job of staying under control and keep his feet under him while blocking in space whereas a lot of lineman, especially players new to the position, often spend a lot of time on the ground.
5. I really like what I see when Fritzsche is asked to pull on film. He's very quick and fluid when pulling which is something he will be asked to do in Nebraska's offense quite a bit down the road. Once he adds more weight and strength to his frame that will be a real asset for NU's offense.
6. Fritzsche does a good job of engaging defenders as a run blocker and running his feet. When he's operating with good pad level he shows the ability to really move some bodies on the football field.
7. Pass protection is usually the most difficult thing for offensive tackles to master, but considering Fritzsche is new to playing left tackle he's actually pretty impressive as a pass blocker. His overall athleticism is what helps him the most as he's able to get good depth on his sets while allowing his length to keep defenders at bay.
8. 2019 Nebraska commit breakdown
12/19/2018 - Jimmy Fritzsche - OT - 6-foot-7, 255-pounds - Greenville, SC - 3 Stars
12/19/2018 - Brant Banks - DE - 6-foot-7, 280-pounds - Houston, TX - 3 Stars
12/5/2018 - Wandale Robinson - WR - 5-foot-9, 180-pounds - Frankfort, KY - 4 Stars
12/2/2018 - Jamin Graham - OLB - 6-foot-6, 220-pounds - Attalla, AL - 3 Stars
11/18/2018 - Myles Farmer - DB - 6-foot-3, 190-pounds - Atlanta, GA - 3 Stars
10/31/2018 - Javin Wright - DB - 6-foot-3, 190-pounds - Chandler, AZ - 3 Stars
10/28/2018 - Bryce Benhart - OT - 6-foot-9, 300-pounds - Lakeville, MN - 3 Stars
10/25/2018 - Darien Chase - WR - 6-foot-1, 185-pounds - Vancouver, WA - 3 Stars
9/15/2018 - Chris Hickman - TE - 6-foot-6, 205-pounds - Omaha, NE - 3 Stars
9/4/2018 - Dedrick Mills - RB - 6-foot, 200-pounds - Garden City, KS (Waycross, GA) - 4 Stars
8/6/2018 - Quinton Newsome - CB - 6-foot-2, 180 - Suwanee, GA - 3 Stars
8/5/2018 - Michael Lynn - OT - 6-foot-7, 280 - Greenwood Village, CO - 3 Stars
7/23/2018 - Mosai Newsom - DE - 6-foot-5, 260 - Waverly, IA - 3 Stars
7/21/2018 - Nick Henrich- LB - 6-foot-3, 210 - Omaha, NE - 3 Stars
6/29/2018 - Jamie Nance - WR - 6-foot, 160 - Blanchard, OK - 3 Stars
6/22/2018 - Matthew Anderson - OL - 6-foot-7, 250 - Leesville, LA - 3 Stars
6/15/2018 - Ronald Thompkins - RB - 6-foot, 195 - Loganville, GA - 3 Stars
6/6/2018 - Jackson Hannah - LB - 6-foot-3, 234 - Nashville, TN - 4 Stars
6/4/2018 - Luke McCaffrey - QB - 6-foot-2, 180 - Highlands Ranch, CO - 3 Stars
6/1/2018 - Desmond Bland - OL - 6-foot-4, 300 - Yuma, AZ (Flossmoor, Ill.) - 4 Stars
5/5/2018 - Rahmir Johnson - RB - 5-foot-10, 170 - Oradell, NJ - 4 Stars
3/5/2018 - Ethan Piper - DE - 6-foot-4, 280 - Norfolk, Neb. - 3 Stars
11/24/2017 - Garrett Snodgrass - ATH - 6-foot-3, 220 - York, Neb. - 3 Stars
6/24/2017 - Garrett Nelson - OLB - 6-foot-3, 236 - Scottsbluff, Neb. - 3 Stars
9. Commits by position
1 - Quarterback
3 - Running back
3 - Wide receiver
1 - Tight end
5 - Offensive linemen
0 - Defensive tackle
3 - Defensive end
2 - Outside linebacker
2 - Inside linebacker
1 - Safety
2 - Cornerback
1 - Athlete
0 - Special teams
10. Where are they from?
5 - Nebraska
4 - Georgia
2 - Colorado
1 - Alabama
1 - Arizona
1 - Iowa
1 - Illinois
1 - Kentucky
1 - Louisiana
1 - Minnesota
1 - New Jersey
1 - Oklahoma
1 - South Carolina
1 - Tennessee
1 - Texas
1 - Washington