This offseason the Huskers have been aggressive in pursuing transfer players. That’s the best way to help boost the team for the 2022 season. We’ve seen a handful of players announce they are joining Nebraska from the transfer portal. The Huskers hosted five transfer players for visits the weekend before the early signing period. One player hasn’t made a public announcement on where he is going next. Oklahoma State offensive lineman Hunter Anthony.
There was some back and forth if Anthony (6-6, 330) would take the trip to Nebraska. Not because he didn’t want to. He was set to graduate from Oklahoma State the weekend of the Nebraska official visit. He worked with Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy to get everything squared away with the school. The trip to Nebraska exceeded his expectations.
“Nebraska was first class,” Anthony said. “Their coaching staff was first class. All the coaches were really awesome. I talked with some of the defensive guys. Everyone was really awesome. That’s what was my biggest thing. The coaches were really first class.”
Anthony got the chance to tour the Huskers’ campus with the recruiting staff at Nebraska. He got to see all the facilities including the sports science labs which he thought was really cool. The thing that stood out to him most is that when he went around the different facilities he’d talk to the players. None of the players had anything bad to say about Nebraska which was big for him.
There is something interesting about transfers taking official visits. Their perspective is different the second time around. Things can be overlooked when a player is still in high school and taking official visits. Anthony had good mentors the first time around that he is grateful for looking back on things. His brother played college football and he had great high school coaches. There are little things he noticed and asked about this time around.
“It’s things like parking. That’s the thing I asked for, how’s the parking here and stuff like that,” Anthony said. “That’s not going to break my decision but it’s still important. There are just like little things like that that I guess younger guys wouldn’t really know.”
Anthony made sure to dig deep with questions on Nebraska’s strength staff. He knows that as a college football player you spend a lot of time with the strength staff so he wanted to find out more about them. At his next school Anthony wants to pursue a master’s degree. He started his master’s in forensic science at Oklahoma State but that isn’t a program offered by many schools. Anthony wants to go into federal law enforcement after his football days are over. The lineman has two years left to play at his next schools.
Anthony was one of the first recruits to get to meet with offensive line coach Donovan Raiola. He described the new coach as “intense” and he had some good background on him from other people that he knew.
“I have some buddies I know from Oklahoma State that play on the Bears,” Anthony said. “There are actually two former teammates that play offensive line there. They had nothing but good things to say about him. We have a former strength coach that’s actually at the Bears, too. Everyone I talked to about him had nothing but good to say. Meeting with him [Raiola], he was super intense but he knows what he’s doing.”
Anthony plans to announce his next move around Jan. 2 after Oklahoma State’s bowl game. He doesn’t want to distract from the team’s goals of winning that game. Anthony has been appreciative of how Gundy and his staff have handled his decision to leave. He will let the coaching staff of his new school know before that is made public. Rutgers, Washington State, Syracuse and Southern Mississippi are the other school pursuing him.
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.