Spongers get pumped over Bo Pelini visit



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Fri. January 29, 2010 | Keith Niebuhr

When he stopped off at Countryside earlier this week, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini checked on junior OL Tyler Moore, a Cornhuskers commit.

While there, Cougars coach John Davis had a suggestion.

Go to Tarpon Springs and get a look at Spongers DT Brodrick Lee, he said.

So that’s precisely what Pelini did

The ‘Huskers coach spent about a half-hour at the school Wednesday while the Spongers worked out.

At Tarpon Springs, Pelini got the 411 on the 6-foot-2, 285-pound Lee, and learned a little bit about three other Sponger juniors -- RB Darius Daniels, OL Zach DeBell and PK Michael Hill.

“He got film on all of them, and saw potentially that all four could play at that level,” Tarpon Springs coach George Kotis said.

Lee has yet to receive an offer, but given his size and ability (he was first-team all-county) he has the potential to be a major college signee next year. After watching Lee play last fall in person, Rivals.com analyst Jamie Newberg came away impressed.

The 6-foot-7, 265-pound DeBell already has offers from Minnesota and Central Florida. Minnesota dropped by today, in fact.

“(Pelini) is very impressed with DeBell,” Kotis said. “He’s got an impressive body, and veteran coaches can see he has the potential to get a lot bigger. He’s still filling out.

Hill, who has great range, has a chance to be the region’s best PK in 2010.

“(Nebraska) needs a kicker after next year,” Kotis said.

Most of the Spongers had no idea who Pelini was. But apparently Lee did.

“Brodrick’s dad is a Nebraska lover,” Kotis said. “He called me right away after he found out.”

--KEITH NIEBUHR (kniebuhr@sptimes.com)

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