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.
Committed to The University of Nebraska! #GBR 🌽⚪️🔴☠️ pic.twitter.com/GIs9AvjT8X
— Blaise Gunnerson (@b_gunnerson) July 2, 2019
Here are five quick thoughts on the commitment.
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.
Onions!!!!!!! A great player in the boat!!!! Another great fit for the culture and direction of the program!!!!#BlackshirtBaller pic.twitter.com/cNhV4x12xH
— Ryan Held (@CoachRHeld) July 2, 2019
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.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.