Recruiting never stops and it's easy to miss the top stories day-to-day. Recruiting analyst Greg Smith recaps all things Nebraska recruiting news, analysis and more so you never miss a thing.
Over the last few weeks, we have fielded more and more questions about specific Nebraska commits’ rankings on the recruiting services. This is a pretty natural line of questions from fans because they always want their team’s future players to have high ratings. It also makes sense because it’s a great thing to debate during the summer before football is back and then the prospects can put something on tape for their senior seasons.
One player that I’ve pretty consistently felt is underrated is Iowa outside linebacker Blaise Gunnerson. That belief was validated some when he was invited to the Adidas All-American Game earlier this week.
I have received an invitation to the Adidas All American Bowl on NBC. #committed #3StripeLife pic.twitter.com/9ty2UR1VKB
— Blaise Gunnerson (@b_gunnerson) July 10, 2019
Gunnerson is another example of a prospect that Nebraska evaluated early and pushed hard for long before he started rising up the rankings. He stands at 6-foot-5, 250-pounds and has the power and athleticism to play either defensive end or outside linebacker. A big part of why he has flown under the radar is that he missed his whole junior season with a hip injury.
Still, that didn’t keep Iowa State from also pursuing him heavily, which is the main team Nebraska had to beat out for his pledge.
If Husker fans are looking for a player that will eventually shoot up the rankings, Gunnerson looks to be a prime candidate. I expect him to do that just after he puts up a big-time senior season for his Kuemper Catholic High School team.
blaise gunnerson is pretty good at football things. #huskers pic.twitter.com/2S7DaZq9JM
— Derek Peterson (@DrPeteyHV) June 15, 2019
>> Nebraska’s quarterback commit Logan Smothers’ team is getting ready for some 7 on 7 action.
7 on 7 today at Samford. #faMily pic.twitter.com/5e3OJRbNQp
— MuscleShoalsFootball (@Muscle_ShoalsFB) July 11, 2019
>> Jacob Padilla took a look at wide receiver being a wildcard position for the Huskers this season.
>> We are up to No. 3 on Derek Peterson’s most intriguing Huskers and it’s Adrian Martinez.
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.