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5 Thoughts on the Commitment of 3-Star OLB Blaise Gunnerson

July 02, 2019

On Tuesday, 3-star (HV Rating: 84.3) pass rusher Blaise Gunnerson‍ committed to Nebraska. The Iowa native became the seventh known member of the Huskers’ 2020 recruiting class after choosing Nebraska over Iowa State and Iowa. Gunnerson recently took his official visit to Lincoln the weekend of June 14. This was a big commitment for Nebraska at a position of need. 

Here are five quick thoughts on the commitment. 

Underrated talent

As we saw at the Friday Night Lights camp he attended, Gunnerson has a great skill set. There will be some conversation about where he is rated but I believe he will end up getting a bump at some point during his senior season. The primary reason for where his rating currently stands is that he was injured during his junior season but he is healthy now. He should get the opportunity to fully show what he can do this upcoming season.

Another victory in Iowa

The Huskers hope to make a habit of stealing top talent out of the state of Iowa under Coach Scott Frost. They have a heavy focus on the state, led by Iowa native and defensive coordinator Erik Chinander. Without the staff’s hard work and relationship building, Gunnerson would have been a lock to head to Ames or Iowa City.

Top target secured again

Nebraska’s success rate in landing its top targets continues to be impressive. Gunnerson is a prospect that was identified early in the process and stayed on. It’s an extra bonus (and important one) that he plays in the front 7 on defense and is from Iowa. Nebraska has stayed hot in the pursuit of its top targets, which says great things about what the Huskers can do once the program gets off the ground. 

Another culture builder

Gunnerson is another prospect that fits the mold of the type of player the Nebraska staff is trying to bring in for the new culture in Lincoln. He is talented, works hard and is pretty low-maintenance. You need more of those types of guys as you establish the identity of the program. Running backs coach Ryan Held agrees. 

Versatile athlete

One of the more impressive things about Gunnerson after seeing him in person at the Friday Night Lights camp is his ability to rush the passer from the 3-point stance and standing up. He has a high motor and uses his hands well, Plus, he is a good athlete. That type of versatility is helpful down the line when trying to get on the field early and will allow Chinander to use different looks involving him. 

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