Nebraska Football Recruiting: Could Cornhuskers Nab a Freshman-to-Be Phenom?

Brandon CavanaughCorrespondent IApril 27, 2011

Baton Rouge, Louisiana's Nicholas Brossette has all of the tools to finish his high school career as a premiere running back. He has good balance, vision, agility and he’s already proven his mettle against teams across the state.

Last season, he rushed for 1,024 yards and 22 TDs. He also caught 22 passes for 151 yards. It was a solid season for any running back, especially one who was only in eighth grade.

That’s right—Nicholas hasn’t even started taking snaps as a freshman in high school yet. He received clearance via a family-signed waiver and took to the field for LSU Laboratory School's varsity team, giving them a powerful threat at the running back position.

The 6’0”, 208-pound Brossette was named the National MVP of the Schuman’s National Underclassmen Combine, where he competed against athletes from across the country on grade levels above and below his own.

Initial reaction might be that it’s silly to point out Brossette as a potential candidate for the Cornhuskers this early, but Nicholas is already starting to ramp up his recruiting. He will be unofficially visiting Southern Cal this upcoming weekend. This marks what will be the first of likely several trips across the country.

One might think that with LSU almost literally in Nicholas’ backyard that he’s a lock to be a Tiger, but as his actions indicate, that doesn’t appear to be the case at all.

During the upcoming season, he is projected to play both running back and linebacker for LSU Laboratory which seems appropriate, given the Louisiana athlete’s fondness for punishing those who get in his path.

While the SEC is home to talent much like Brosette, a punishing running back would feel right at home in Nebraska’s apparent shift to a more power-oriented and traditional Big Ten offense.

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