The Polar Bear is heading south to Lincoln.
Nebraska got huge news on Saturday when 4-star (HV Rating: 90.3) defensive tackle Nash Hutmacher announced on Twitter that he would be joining Nebraska’s 2020 recruiting class.
— Nash Hutmacher (@ThePolarBear605) June 29, 2019
Hail Varsity caught up with the Huskers’ latest commit right after he made his announcement and asked what led to him picking Nebraska over Wisconsin and Oregon.
“The coaches, the people, the players they all have the mindset I’m looking for,” Hutmacher explained. “Coach Frost, Chins [defensive coordinator Erik Chinander], Coach T [defensive line coach Tony Tuioti], all those guys really care about the players. That’s big for me. I want to be set up for life after football and they will do everything they can to make sure that happens. The people, the players, the mindset, everything that’s happening down there is what I’m looking for.”
Hutmacher has been recruited by Nebraska dating back to the previous staff, though he had built a close relationship with former defensive line coach Mike Dawson. When Tuioti took over, Hutmacher wondered if he would have the same relationship with Nebraska’s new coach.
“I don’t want to say I was worried,” Hutmacher said. “I knew they’d get a good coach in there but after Coach Dawson left and I talked to Coach T, even the first conversations I had with him, I really liked him on the phone. Getting down there on my visit and talking with him and all that, I really do like him. I like his attitude and how he coaches. I think he’s a great replacement for Coach Dawson and I’m looking forward to him being my coach.”
The South Dakota native is close to his family and they would have preferred to be able to attend his college games if possible. Hutmacher explained that his parents were supportive and said wherever he went they’d be big fans and wanted him to do what’s best for him. They never told him to pick the Huskers but deep down he thought Nebraska is where they wanted him to go.
Of course his father, Joe, was excited because he is a Nebraska fan. So how did the coaching staff react to the news?
“Coach Frost was super excited,” Hutmacher said. “He had just got back from the pool with his kid and I told him. He was super excited and I was getting texts for a few days after from Coach Held, Frost and Chinander saying they were super excited for me picking to be a Husker. They were just super pumped.”
That excitement from his family and the coaching staff is matched from the Husker fan base, which has watched his recruitment closely. Hutmacher has a message for Husker Nation.
“You guys are going to get a guy that is willing to work hard and be the best player he can for the team to help them as much as he can,” he said.” “I’m super excited to be a Husker.”
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.