It's not very often you'll find a Big Ten scholarship level offensive linemen start his high school career on the golf team.
Yet for Lincoln Way West sophomore Bryan Brokop (6-foot-5, 273 pounds) that's exactly where he started his high school sports career.
"I didn't start playing football until halfway through my freshman year," Brokop said. “My Dad was a big time golfer and I would always golf with him. I started my freshman year on the golf team but it just wasn't for me. I started playing freshman football mid-way through the season and I've been hooked on football ever since.”
Brokop started for the Warriors varsity in 2013 and his progression on the field has been impressive enough for Nebraska to offer Brokop his first scholarship offer.
"I'm still in shock that Nebraska offered me a scholarship,” he said. “It's exciting and thrilling for myself and my family. The Nebraska coaches saw my tape and I have been in touch with them for the past month or so. They wanted me to call them last Friday and they said they wanted to offer me a scholarship. It was an amazing feeling."
Brokop admits that football has been a life changing choice for him.
"Last year the coaches at my school along with the older kids really helped me out and adjust to the varsity level. Football last year in particular was a life changing experience for me. I'm just so grateful too the coaches at school along with the older kids on the team for accepting me and for also making me a better player."
Brokop is yet another name to watch from an ever growing Class of 2016 here in Illinois. Brokop joins Downers Grove South Erik Swenson (Michigan verbal commit) along with Carmel sophomore offensive tackle recruit Sean Foster (6-foot-8, 265 pounds) in sophomore offensive linemen who have receiver early scholarship offers.