July 15, 2024

Nebraska has secured a commitment from offensive lineman Brian Tapu. On Thursday evening, Tapu announced his pledge to the Huskers. After an official visit to Lincoln in mid-June, Tapu initially committed to Oregon State following a visit there the next week. However, he reevaluated his decision and chose Nebraska, largely due to his strong connection with O-line coach Donovan Raiola, known as “Coach Donnie.” Tapu also received coaching from former Husker standout Toniu Fonoti.

Tapu expressed his comfort with the Nebraska program, saying, “You guys have like a family there. That makes it more comfortable and a place where I would see myself.” He praised head coach Matt Rhule as well, noting, “He’s an amazing person. He’s just a guy that just wants to bring the program back and I really do see it.”

Tapu’s parents flew in from New Zealand for his official visit to Nebraska, and they were impressed with the experience. Tapu also received valuable insights from Tyler Knaak, a Utah native, who shared how Nebraska felt like home after he moved there.

Originally a basketball player, Tapu took up football after his uncle’s suggestion. At 6-7 and 295 pounds, his potential in football is evident. “Right now what I’m working on is to just be more aggressive,” Tapu told Husker247. “I just want to dominate on the field more. … I think I’ll be ready when the season comes.”

Brian Tapu commitment: What does it mean for Nebraska?

Tapu is confident in Rhule’s ability to revive Nebraska football. “Everything he’s done to contribute to the college game, and what he’s already done here as well has already made a big impact,” Tapu said after his Lincoln visit. “I think these are the right people to make Nebraska who they were.”

Tapu emphasized that his decision to commit to Nebraska was guided by his long-standing affinity for the program. Despite a brief commitment to Oregon State, his heart had always been with the Huskers.

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