By NU Athletic Communications
OL, 6-6, 290, Lincoln, Neb. (Lincoln Southwest HS)
Baker Steinkuhler is one of the most decorated members of Nebraska's 2008 signing class after a standout prep career at Lincoln Southwest High School. The son of 1983 Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award winner Dean Steinkuhler, Baker earned Lincoln Journal Star Super State honors three straight years and Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska honors each of the past two seasons. Steinkuhler was also recognized as the top lineman on the prestigious Parade All-America team, which consisted of the nation's top 58 players, while earning second-team All-America honors from USA Today. Steinkuhler was a four-year starter and starred on both sides of the ball for Coach Mark King at Southwest, but is expected to begin his Nebraska career on the offensive line. Steinkuhler's play has helped Southwest rank among the state's top Class A programs in recent years. As a senior, he recorded 36 solo stops, 36 assisted tackles, helping the Southwest defense allow just 190 yards per game. Offensively, Steinkuhler anchored the offensive line which paved the way for Brandon Brown to rank fourth in Class A at 140.6 rushing yards per game. During his junior season, Baker anchored the lines for a 10-1 Southwest team that was ranked No. 1 for much of the season. During his sophomore season, Steinkuhler helped the Silverhawks to a state runner-up finish. Generally regarded as the top prospect in Nebraska, Steinkuhler was ranked as the No. 8 overall prospect in the country by Rivals.com, and the No. 2 offensive tackle according to both Rivals.com and Scout.com. He was also the SuperPrep Midlands region Offensive Player of the Year and the No. 25 overall prospect in the country according to that publication. He was also a first-team EA Sports prep All-American. Steinkuhler put his skills on display at the U.S. Army All-American Game in January, where he played on the defensive side of the ball. Baker committed to Nebraska at the start of his junior season and did not take any additional visits. Baker is the son of Sue Steinkuhler and Dean Steinkuhler and was born on July 12, 1989. His brother, Ty, will be a senior defensive lineman for the Huskers in 2008.