Published Thursday, January 10, 2013 AT 12:14 PM / Updated at 12:14 PM
Huskers crossed paths with Outland winner
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

Outland Trophy winner Luke Joeckel was recruited by Nebraska, played against NU once and crossed paths with two Huskers during high school in Arlington, Texas.

Joeckel was one of the nation’s top offensive line prospects coming out of Arlington High when he picked Texas A&M. According to his father, Dave, the all-state player visited Nebraska and had a Husker offer, but eventually narrowed his final list down to Texas A&M, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech (Dave’s alma mater).

Starting as a true freshman for A&M in 2010, he took part in the Aggies’ 9-6 win over Nebraska in College Station that will be remembered for the Huskers’ 15 penalties and sideline escapades. Joeckel said Wednesday that it was probably one of his favorite games, and recalled fans swarming Kyle Field afterwards when that act is usually prohibited.

“It was quite the atmosphere,” he said.

In high school, Joeckel said he went against both Nebraska sophomore defensive end Donovan Vestal (“He’s a big kid”)  and sophomore quarterback Jamal Turner (“Incredible player”). Vestal is from Bowie High in Arlington and Turner from Sam Houston High.

Joeckel will be at the Outland Trophy banquet tonight at the Downtown DoubleTree. The junior announced Tuesday that he is bypassing his final year at Texas A&M to declare for the NFL draft.

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