The Huskers hosted one official visitor for the matchup with Indiana. Latarie Kinsler, a 3-star (HV Rating: 89.0) defensive end/outside linebacker from Pahokee, Florida, was in Lincoln over the weekend.
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The pass-rush specialist came away from his visit impressed with what he found in Lincoln.
“I was very impressed [by] the atmosphere and the coaches,” Kinsler told Hail Varsity. “Just how genuine the coaches are. I was also very impressed with the intensity of the game. Just how the game was. The fans were into it. Everybody was into what was happening.”
Before the game, I spotted Kinsler on the sidelines with outside linebackers coach Jovan Dewitt. The Huskers are recruiting him to be a hybrid 3-4 outside linebacker. Dewitt would be his position coach and is Kinsler's lead recruiter. Their relationship goes back to when Kinsler was a sophomore in high school. That is when Dewitt started recruiting him to Central Florida.
The Florida native also got to spend time with defensive coordinator Erik Chinander. Yet, his time with Coach Scott Frost is what really stood out to him.
“Me and Coach Frost, we talked about seven times this weekend,” Kinsler said. “I got to feel him out and see what type of guy he is. I got to see what type of coach he is and what he expects out of his players. Also, what he wants to give his players and the whole program. I like Coach, he is a genuine guy. He’s a family guy.”
Kinsler told Hail Varsity that the pregame atmosphere was really good. In fact, the Tunnel Walk gave him chills that made him want to put the pads on and play.
He also made the trip from Florida with his dad and brother.
“It was just like they were shocked,” Kinsler said. “They didn’t know what to expect because we never been out here before or heard anything. We just came up to experience it for ourselves.”
His player host for the weekend was Georgia native Quinton Newsome. Kinsler enjoyed his time with the Husker players, saying they were all pretty cool. He was looking at Nebraska’s scheme which is what will be a big factor in his college choice.
“I’m looking for the players that play my position who can dominate the game,” he said. “That way I can have confidence in the coaching scheme. I’m looking for a scheme that fits me. I’m looking for a scheme where I can compete to play early.”
The Pahokee star did say that he really likes Nebraska’s scheme. He feels like he can come in right away and fill a big pass rush void for the Huskers. After the weekend, Kinsler said that it’s fair to say that the Huskers made an impression on him and are more in the running now.
No decision timeline has been set but he will be an early enrollee.
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.