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.
The early signing period has come and gone around college football. The Huskers signed 13 high school prospects and one JUCO player. The team has also added a handful of transfers. Those transfers don’t count for the recruiting rankings but will make a big impact on the field in the 2022 season. Coach Scott Frost has said the program isn’t done adding players.
In those 13 high school players, the Huskers signed three Nebraskans to the class. A lot was made of the four Omaha players not picking Nebraska but the team did keep some good local talent home. Nebraska signed outside linebacker Jake Appleget from Lincoln Southeast. He was able to get a look from the Huskers with a new rule this year. It allowed colleges to work out players one on one this summer.
“He was at our camp,” Frost said. “We really liked him. I really like his athletic ability, played both sides of the football for Lincoln Southeast. I was able to go to one of their football games and watch him. He’s a Husker through and through and a Lincoln kid. We don’t want to miss on really good athletes that we feel like can develop into elite football players for us, right here in the state of Nebraska.”
The Huskers are also signed Columbus inside linebacker Ernest Hausmann. He was the first player in the class for the Huskers’ 2022 group. Hausmann is a high ceiling player. He has been a consistent peer recruiter for the Huskers this cycle.
“Man, I’m fired up about Ernest,” Frost said. “He’s a Nebraska kid from Columbus. He hasn’t been playing football his whole life like a lot of kids. I see the potential there for him to have an elite career. I’m really excited to add him to our young core of linebackers and see what he can do. Love his demeanor and his love for the game. I’m really fired up about his talent.”
It wouldn’t be surprising to see Millard South athlete Gage Stenger being one of the steals of the 2022 class. The Huskers flipped him from Kanas State this season. He’s ultra-competitive, has a high football IQ and is a great athlete. Watching his development over the course of his college career will be fun.
“Gage is awesome. Really excited about him too,” Frost said. “His team was probably throughout the course of the year one of the best in the state. He was arguably one of the best players in the state. If there’s a player like that in Nebraska, we want him here. Again, another great kid from great family and high character guy. Not sure where Gage will end up playing yet but have a lot of confidence in him as an athlete that wherever he ends up he’s going to make a difference on our football team.”
Landing Nebraska players is always going to be a priority for Frost and his staff. The Huskers are getting a trio of good ones this cycle. The 2023 class is off to a hot start with in-state players. Offensive lineman Gunnar Gottula and tight end Ben Brahmer have been committed for months. The state continues to produce Power Five level talent. The Huskers have to keep working to that talent in the state.
>> Nebraska signee Jaeden Gould received a big honor on Wednesday.
MaxPreps 2021 High School Football Player of the Year in each state. 🏈
Cade Klubnik, Travis Hunter, Tetairoa McMillan, Zachariah Branch lead list of nation's best. 👏
— MaxPreps (@MaxPreps) December 22, 2021
>> Nebraska signee Ernest Hausmann is all set for the move to Lincoln and left a mark on Columbus.
Last day of High School for @Ernest_Hausmann, graduating midterm to join @HuskerFBNation. 1st Team Super State,1st Team All Conference, Academic All-Conference, Bob Murray Award- Most Outstanding player, 200 career tackles 1,000 receiving yards. You left your mark @DiscovererWay pic.twitter.com/8lKAP95D2k
— Bob Hausmann (@bob_hausmann) December 22, 2021
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Reflecting on the awards from this year. Still so much more that I need to accomplish. Just so hungry for the next chapter.‼️🌽 pic.twitter.com/Mzuj8zVpzr
— Emmett Johnson⚡️”Weapon” (@EmmettJohnson_) December 20, 2021
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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.