As Nebraska continues to shift focus to the 2023 class the team is finding new players to get to know. The Huskers hosted several 2023 prospects over the weekend. The team took advantage of the night game matchup with Northwestern. One of them was Illinois lineman Charles Jagusah. The versatile big man (6-5, 300) was taking what the Huskers had to offer in person for the first time.
It was also time for the Huskers to see him in person which resulted in a scholarship offer.
— Charles Jagusah (@cjagusah) October 3, 2021
“One of the coaches told me that they wanted to get me out on campus before they really offered me,” Jagusah said. “So, I kind of had an idea that they would but I still wasn’t sure, I just really wanted to go see it.”
Jagusah talked to offensive line coach Greg Austin during one of the presentations the team did for all the recruits. Austin was hinting at an offer coming. When Jagusah was out on the field for warmups he spoke with another staff member. He offered him a scholarship right before coach Scott Frost came over to speak with him. Jagusah was thankful and happy to have another place that he could play college football.
“It was definitely crazy being at midfield for warmups because some of the games that I’ve been to so far haven’t really been packed houses like that,” Jagusah said. “You get out there and everybody’s kind of filing in and it’s full and they’re going crazy just during warm ups.”
The Illinois lineman got to know more about the Huskers on Saturday. There was a lot of new information that he had to take in. One thing that stood out to him was how much effort they put into academics. How many Academic All-Americans Nebraska has had was a surprise.
Coming into the trip Jagusah was unsure which position the Huskers liked him best at. It’s clear after his visit that the team sees him as an offensive lineman. That’s just fine with the Alleman High School standout.
“I just kind of like see the individuality of playing offensive line,” Jagusah said. “You’re working as a unit to keep a nice pocket for everyone and make some creases. But also, the individual things that you can do with small techniques.”
Jagusah is an interesting prospect. He missed most of his sophomore season with a broken tibia that also caused him to miss camp season. He holds nine offers so far. There are some big-time programs like Michigan, Notre Dame and Iowa who have offered. As he visits different schools he is settling in on what he is looking for most.
“Probably just like the right fit for me,” Jagusah said. “I’m still trying to figure out what exactly I want to do, what I want to study, what kind of coaches I want to be around. It’s just really figuring that out first and then making some decisions after that.”
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.