Recruiting report: Power Five programs beginning to show interest in Norris athlete Bryce Stai | Football


Bryce Stai has a high motor and can get after the quarterback.

The Norris athlete — 6-foot-3, 233 pounds — is averaging 12 tackles a game from his defensive end position. He said in May he wants to break the school record of seven sacks in a season, and he’s well on his way with a sack in each of the Titan’s first two games.

Stai, the No. 8 player in the latest NebHSRecruiting rankings, was already one of the state’s most heavily recruited players. He holds FBS scholarship offers from Air Force, Ohio and Western Michigan, plus FCS offers from Cornell, Dartmouth, Missouri State, Montana State, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Youngstown State.

Some new suitors, including Power Five programs, are starting to show interest, too.

“Central Florida, Virginia Tech and Minnesota have shown interest recently,” Stai said.

Stai, the son of former Husker Brenden Stai, has a preferred walk-on offer from Nebraska.

He was in attendance for most of Nebraska’s home games last year. He attended the Arkansas State game last weekend and plans to be in Memorial Stadium several times this season.

Other visits lined up for Stai include an official visit to Ohio on Oct. 7 and an unofficial visit to Air Force soon.

“Until I have more time after the season I probably wont be taking any other official visits,” he said.


4. Zach Schlager, LB, McCook

Evaluation: It’s hard to find a better all-around football player than Schlager. He has a tremendous motor and is a natural leader. Schlager makes plays all over the field and is a sideline-to-sideline linebacker.


3. Bryson Williams, DL, Lincoln Southeast

Evaluation: Williams is quick off the snap and strong enough to fight off double teams and get to the quarterback. His measurables are off the charts — a 4.85-second 40-yard dash, 30.5-inch vertical, 355-pound bench press and a 525-pound squat.


2. Masry Mapieu, DL, York

Evaluation: Mapieu is the perfect fit at nose tackle. He is big, strong and almost immovable. He may not make a ton of tackles or get a bundle of sacks, but he does open things up for his teammates to make plays.