Nebraska was able to host visitors for the first time since 2019 on Saturday. The Fordham game was also the first time that Husker fans were back in Memorial Stadium in full force.
North Platte defender Vince Genatone—one of the more intriguing prospects on hand—was in Lincoln for game day on Saturday.
— Greg Smith (@GregSmithHV) September 4, 2021
Genatone has had a great start to his senior season. The defender has racked up 30-plus tackles in two games. He credits his defensive line being so powerful for helping him roam free during games. Genatone also noted that his coaches have done a great job putting his teammates in position to be successful.
Saturday’s game against Fordham was Genatone’s first Husker game in person. It’s safe to say that he will always remember the first game he attended.
“Everything at Nebraska was really nice,” Genatone said. “There’s just a really special atmosphere there that is obviously unlike any else anywhere else in the country with all the fans there with everyone getting into it.”
Genatone and his family arrived in Lincoln Saturday morning. They ate breakfast at Hawks Championship Center with the other recruits. They were then able to talk with some Husker coaches before it was time to head out to the field. The recruiting staff members spotted Genatone and took him to midfield. He got to meet and hang out with the Husker commits which made him feel great.
“I was just kind of speechless. It was just really cool to be on the field,” Genatone said. “It’s just my goal, my dream has been to play college football, so just to be on the field with the team was just so cool.”
After being on the field, Genatone and the other recruits did something else that stood out. They were able to go into the locker room and be with the team before they played the game.
“Me and the other recruits were just quiet in there,” Genatone said. “We weren’t trying to mess up anything but the atmosphere of feeling in there was just so cool. You could feel they were ready to play.”
Genatone also got to go into the locker room after the game to see the team celebrate the win. The North Platte standout does not have an offer from the team right now but the coaching staff has urged him to be patient and stay in touch with them. He will head to South Dakota State next weekend for a game day visit. He doesn’t have any other plans for visits currently.
Genatone will continue going through the recruiting process to check out his options but one thing will stick with him from his trip to see the Huskers’ home opener.
“Just seeing the fans and just everyone getting into it,” Genatone said. “The stadium was sold out and it didn’t matter what was going on in the game the fans backed the team. That’s a special thing to see.”
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.