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Nebraska Recruiting: Where Local Recruits Signed to Play College Football on National Signing Day

February 06, 2022

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 Huskers signed three players from the state of Nebraska in the early signing period. Ernest Hausmann, Gage Stenger and Jake Appleget are all signed and ready to join the Huskers. That trio signed with the Huskers back in December. The Huskers didn’t add any more in-state players on the traditional signing day.

Those prospects weren’t the only players in the state that are going on to play college football. Nebraska has continued to produce many high school players who play at the next level. This is a trend that will continue next year and beyond.

Let’s take a look around the state to see where some players are going.

Noah Walters (6-0, 195) put on a weekly show leading the Lincoln East air-raid attack. He threw four or more in a game several times this season. The game against Lincoln Southeast was a breakout game for Walters. The quarterback ended up setting the Class A single-season passing yards record. He threw for over 3,500 yards for the year. He is heading to Northern Alabama where former Nebraska running backs coach Ryan Held is on staff.

One of the players we saw weekly on the sideline for Huskers before the games was Elkhorn North offensive lineman Shan Acharya. North is a new school still gaining traction but Acharya was still able to get noticed this year. He didn’t allow a single sack this year and is heading to Augustana to begin his college football journey.

Bellevue West was an offensive juggernaut once again during the 2021 season. The team’s main quarterback was senior Luke Johannsen. He threw for 2,700 yards with 29 touchdowns and four interceptions on the season. Johannsen is off to Morningside University to play football this year.

North Platter linebacker Vince Genatone was among the best defenders in the state. I was in attendance for his game against Creighton Prep where he was a one-man wrecking crew. That night he racked up 15 tackles and a pair for loss against one of the state’s best offensive lines. He’s off to Montana to play college football.

A familiar name will continue playing football at the next level. Elkhorn South kicker Carsen Crouch signed with Midland. Carsen is the son of Husker great Eric Crouch.

One player that I will keep an eye on for the future is wide receiver Tyson Money. The Papillion-La Vista senior is going across the river to play for Iowa Western Community College. The Reivers do a great job of getting their players developed. Injuries slowed Money down during his high school career but he’s got big potential in the slot.

Congratulations to the Bellevue West football program. Coach Mike Huffman has put together a terrific program that helps kids get to college on a yearly basis. The school had a record 11 players sign national letters of intent this cycle. Hats off to the Thunderbird program.

Recruit Watch

>> Check out the growing group of offers for Kansas 2023 running back Dylan Edwards.

>> The next dynamic duo for Bellevue West connected for a touchdown in seven-on-seven this weekend. We will be hearing about Daniel Kaelin and Dae’vonn Hall for years to come.

>> The Huskers offered 2023 Colorado defensive end Chase Brackney over the weekend.

ICYMI

>> An early barrage boosted Northwestern to a blowout win over Nebraska on Saturday.

>> I took a look at breaking down Nebraska’s new additions from the 2022 recruiting cycle.

>> As Steve Marik writes, Alexis Markowski is showing everyone that she is for real.

>> Jacob Padilla has three thoughts on Auburns ECNC Tournament Championship win over Freeman.

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