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ESD Greg’s Guys: No. 5 Outside Linebacker Jake Appleget

December 15, 2021

On Wednesday, 3-star outside linebacker Jake Appleget signed his letter of intent to become a Husker. He is my No. 5 early Signing Day Greg’s Guy.

Appleget (6-4, 215) has one of the more interesting recruitment stories of the 2022 recruiting cycle. The Lincoln Southeast star was on the Huskers’ radar during his junior year. That’s when he burst onto the scene while making plays on Friday nights for the Knights. A new rule this year gave his recruitment a huge boost. It was to recruit during the COVID-19 pandemic. The NCAA allowed schools to put prospects through private workouts this summer.

The outside linebacker directly benefitted this summer from that rule. The Huskers made it a point to get him on campus the first day allowed to do that work out. After showing the coaches what he could do, he picked up an offer from Nebraska and was thrilled.

“Coach Frost and the linebacker coaches had been saying you’re doing really good and testing well. I was kind of hoping that the offer was coming,” Appleget said. “When Frost offered me, it was kind of a surreal moment. I just kind of got chills throughout my whole body hearing the words come out that we want to offer you a scholarship. It was pretty amazing and meant a little bit more, you know, being an in-state kid.”

Appleget took a visit to Minnesota shortly after that trip to Lincoln over the summer. He picked up an offer from the Gophers too, but he ultimately chose the Huskers.

Appleget was still surprised by what he saw in Lincoln even though he grew up around the program.

“One thing that kind of shocked me was the vibe around the place,” Appleget said. “Obviously, Husker football had had a rough past couple of years but what Coach Frost and the coaching staff are trying to do with this program, the way they’re trying to turn around and what they believe in is something I got behind and something I believe in as well. When things start going well for the Huskers, which they will, I want to be behind this staff when that happens.”

The defender will be an interesting piece moving forward for the Nebraska defense. I saw him play a lot over the years and his versatility stands out. He consistently made plays at wide receiver, tight end, linebacker and defensive back. The athleticism that he brings to outside linebacker should help the Huskers. His versatility will be useful against the varied offenses in the conference.

Appleget finished his senior season with 67 total tackles and three interceptions on defense. He also chipped in 17 catches for 280 yards and five scores on offense.

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