Huskers after top Illinois OT

Huskers offer big tackle

Nebraska has a pressing need and that is the offensive tackle position. They are also in on some very good offensive tackles in the nation already, but add one more to the list. Nebraska is the latest team to offer this big-man from the Land of Lincoln.

His last name is about as big as he is. Perry Dorrestein stands 6-foot-7 and 290 pounds. He is a standout offensive tackle from Plainfield (Ill.) and just picked up a pretty big offer.

"Yes I do have a Nebraska offer," Dorrestein said. "I picked it up just about a week ago."

"I didn't camp there. They saw my tape from last year and they really need some tackles so they offered. They were really excited and they couldn't wait to offer."

Dorrestein and his team are already coming up on their third game of the season. So far they have split, but are coming off of a big win and Perry is performing very well.

"We are in our third game week. We are 1-1 right now. We just came off a big win, 21-14. That was a big upset. I am averaging three to four pancakes a game. Our quarterback has only been sacked three times total through two games. I am grading out about 85% or so."

Some of Dorrestein's success has to come from the goals that he set for himself to get better at for the fall. Dorrestein didn't just achieve those goals, he blew them away.

"I was really working on getting quick feet. That is one thing that I really wanted to work on from last fall. I was working on overall strength like in my legs, chest and stuff. I was also working on getting more agile and get my 40 time down a bit. You know bigger, faster and stronger."

"I think that I did pretty good. I raised my squat a couple of hundred pounds, raised my bench about 100 pounds, took about four-tenths off of my 40-yard dash time, I am at 305 right now and I am more agile and quick than I was last year playing at 250. I did that all by myself. I just stuck to the weight room."

Dorrestein was an all-conference tackle last year as a junior and is already up to eight offers. "They are from Nebraska, Northern Illinois, Toledo, Ball State, Buffalo, Ohio, Western Michigan and Central Michigan. Nebraska was the last team to offer me."

Dorrestein admits that there would be a plus when it comes to staying closer to home. However, plusses can be given out for any number of things. He is taking stock in a lot of things when it comes to comparing schools.

"Right now? I don't know. Basically I am looking at how well I like the coaches, the facilities, academics, if I can see myself playing for them and if it's a comfortable fit. While Northern Illinois only being a half an hour away from my house is a plus, but Nebraska being a great football team is also a plus."

While Dorrestein doesn't have any official visits planned yet that soon could change. He is in the process of setting one up and thinks that he knows where the other four official visits will be spent.

"I am in the process of setting an official up to Nebraska. I know that I will probably get on in to Northwestern, Michigan, Purdue and Iowa State too. It is probably going to be the last weekend in October when I go to Nebraska, October 28, for the Oklahoma game."

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