The 2022 recruiting cycle is producing the latest very good crop of in-state talent. Nebraska high school football is taking off with Power 5 talent in recent years. The most under the radar of the five early in-state offers made by Nebraska for the class is Columbus linebacker Ernest Hausmann.
— Ernest Hausmann (@Ernest_Hausmann) January 28, 2021
Hausmann did get to play a junior year of football here in Nebraska. His team at Columbus High School ended up 6-4 while making it to the second round of the playoffs. The Huskers were his first offer last November. Kansas State is the latest team to enter the mix with an offer on Jan. 26.
“I’m up to four offers total,” Hausmann said. “It’s quite amazing. All the all the hard work and dedication is all paying off. It’s just a very humbling experience. I’m excited to see where it goes.”
By the looks of it, Hausmann’s recruitment will continue to grow. Standing at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds the Huskers saw a rangy athlete that could be a sideline-to-sideline player in the defense. Other teams in the region are seeing that as well. Since the Huskers offered him late in 2020 the staff has been in contact daily. Hausmann hears from the combination of inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud, defensive coordinator Erik Chinander and director of player personnel Sean Dillon.
“I think it’s a good relationship,” Hausmann said. “They are clearly making an effort to grow our relationship. I’m seeing that. I’m looking forward to growing the relationship as well. It’s been really awesome experience just communicating with them and learning more about Nebraska.”
Due to when his recruitment picked up steam towards the end of his junior season Hausmann has never visited Nebraska as a recruit. Like most players in the 2022 recruiting class he is itching to get on the road to see the schools who have offered him.
“Yeah I’m ready to go see some schools,” Hausmann said. “You know, who knows when the dead period will end. I also know that if I have to make a decision based off what I know now that I can do that. Hopefully it doesn’t get to that point. I know that it’s a possibility.”
The extended dead period has not altered Hausmann’s thinking on a decision timeline. He wants to have a school picked before his senior season of football. When he does make that choice there is a set of criteria that he is working with.
“I’m going to choose a school that I’ll be 100% committed to,” Hausmann said. “There will be no doubt in my mind that I want to play at that school. A lot of that has to do with the relationships with the coaches. Because you’ll be spending a lot of time with them through your years there. I’m going to be going to a college that I’m all in bought into.”
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.