recruits Ernest Hausmann, Victor Jones Jr. and Gunnar Gottula pre-game
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Nebraska 2022 Commits Enjoy Bonding Opportunity at Fordham Game

September 08, 2021

The Huskers had several local prospects on hand last weekend to check out the home opener against Fordham. The team also hosted a handful of commits for the matchup. For those players, it was the first time seeing their future team in action since their commitments.

One of those players was Lincoln Southeast outside linebacker commit Jake Appleget. He enjoyed his time on campus.

“It was great,” Appleget said. “It was an awesome experience on the field and great to be back at Memorial.”

One of the great things about these game day visits for recruits is the ability to meet and get to know each other. That is especially true for commits who are looking to build a bond with their classmates. The 2021 recruiting class had to figure out ways to do that on their own. The pandemic kept them from being able to gather or take visits to Nebraska. Appleget was thankful for that opportunity with his fellow 2022 commits.

“It was really cool,” Appleget said. “It was great to be able to see the guys up close in action and get to see some commits who I don’t get to see a lot.”

Columbus standout Ernest Hausman was also in Lincoln for the game. The defender enjoyed being able to be around the team before the game to get their vibe. He also agreed with the sentiment from his fellow linebacker commit.

“It’s always great to be around them and get to know them better,” Hausmann said. “It helps with building that relationship.”

It was the first time that Hausmann was back in Memorial Stadium filled with fans. He thought it was awesome to see the crowd cheering for the team and thought it created a cool environment. The pair of Nebraska commits also enjoyed being able to meet Florida native Victor Jones Jr.

One of the highlights for all the key visitors in town was getting to be in the locker room with the team. That was a standout moment for Appleget before the game.

“I was in the locker room before the game,” Appleget said. “It was cool to see how they prepare themselves and how mentally ready they are.”

Both Hausmann and Appleget intend to be at every home game for Nebraska this season. That means they’ll be able to become leaders in the class as the other 2022 commits come through town for games. That bonding time is invaluable for a smaller group of commits in the 2022 cycle.

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