Nebraska didn't just host a number of its top targets for the 2019 and 2020 class this weekend. The Huskers also hosted a number of their 2019 commits. Offensive tackle commit Matthew Anderson from Leesville, Lousinana, was in attendence for the Colorado game on an unofficial visit.
I was able to catch up with Anderson to get his thoughts on his first game day at Memorial Stadium, the bond with his fellow future Huskers and the group chat they are all a part of.
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Here is the full Q&A with Anderson:
How was the overall experience coming back as a commit?
"Oh my gosh, it was awesome. There were people on the sides, you know, the gate thing yelling my name and stuff like that and wanting to talk to me. It was more than you can expect and I was expecting a lot. I really didn't that it would live up to the hype. I mean, I wasn't expecting much out of the game itself. Of course I wanted the Huskers to whoop Colorado but I knew Colorado wasn't really a pushover team and I know Scott Frost … there's a lot of factors that kind of pegged Nebraska. They didn't have a first game and all that kind of stuff. How they played, I think from what I expected, they played a lot better than a lot of people expected.
"I got to meet some of the commits and my future best friends. I got to meet Mike, who we literally say all the time we're the same person. All the other commits that I was meeting were saying it's so weird how similar we were. Our chemistry was so strong. Same with Luke. Luke is a great guy. I can't wait to block for him. Overall, I was blown away by the experience. I loved it."
What was it like meeting so many of your fellow commits for the first time?
"The Garretts? I'll be honest, Garrett Nelson? What a personality. I thought I was off the walls whenever I'm hyper but this dude has no stop. I loved it. He's so full of enthusiasm. Everything is so contagious. He really just, what's the right word, exudes leadership. I can already tell he's going to be one of the strong leaders in our class. Him and Luke McCaffrey because him and Luke have such high … I don't know. When I think of Luke, I literally think he's not a Boy Scout but like he's the perfect Boy Scout. I asked him, 'Hey Luke, what's your other biggest offer?' Just stuff like how you talk to other recruits sometimes and he said, 'Nebraska is the only one that matters.' Like, wow. You know what I mean?"
How did you feel about Nebraska's performance and how do you see yourself fitting on the team?
"I wasn't hoping for them to do bad or anything. I'll be honest that I want to play as early as possible but I also want what's best for the team. I saw some great pass protection from the offensive line. Of course a guy is going to get beat here and there, that's going to happen if you play a bunch of plays against somebody. The guy in front of you, not every time of course, you can beat them every time but it's very, very rare you have a perfect game as an offensive line so of course there are a few broken pass protection spots but for the most part, there's a few times I was like, 'Dang, this quarterback has all the time in the world.' It was crazy. I loved what I saw, especially for the new quarterback we have. I was really, really impressed. I know Luke was watching very closely at the quarterback because he wants to play as soon as possibly also.
"I've been practicing my left stance because they want me at left tackle. So I've been practice my left stance as much as possible to get it a little more fluid."
The left tackle will sometimes pull in this offense and kind of be a lead blocker on some run plays, which is impressive to see.
"Don't get me wrong, I was watching the game very closely and everything but I was also right next to Michael and me and him talked a lot. I definitely saw a full of the pulls and everything. I think one of the best things about this class upcoming is that we're not really afraid to be ourselves around each other. We're very supportive and we're always wishing each other luck before games and congratulating each other after games. Don't get me wrong. The top two things of this experience was definitely seeing the fans and the energy inside Memorial Stadium packed full of people. I did not expect that. I pictured it but in person, that thing was amazing. All my friends back home because I was posting about it 1,000 times, they were all freaking out about it. And then meeting the guys was second. Words can't descibe how excited I am to play with them and play for the coaches we have in place. I think these upcoming years are going to be pretty great years for the Huskers. I'm so blessed to be a part of that."
Who is the funniest guy in the group chat in your class?
"It's probably a mix between, and I'm not trying to sound narcissistic, but I'm pretty funny and Garrett Nelson is very funny. Yeah, Garrett Nelson's very funny. And then Jackson Hannah. That dude is a character. That dude is so funny. Probably us three are probably the funniest. Oh, and Michael Lynn. He's hilarious also. It's kind of hard to classify them because we'll all get joking and it's a band of coyotes."
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.