On Wednesday, 3-star (HV Rating: 86.0) defensive tackle Nash Hutmacher signed his letter of intent to play for Nebraska.
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The Polar Bear. You know a recruit is already beloved by a fan base when everyone knows his nickname. Hutmacher was a huge recruiting win over Wisconsin during the spring. The thought of recruiting him so hard and then having to play against him for four years would have been difficult for fans to take. The new Husker mindset led Hutmacher to the Huskers.
“The coaches, the people, the players they all have the mindset I’m looking for,” Hutmacher said in April. “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.”
One interesting wrinkle in Hutmacher’s recruitment was the defensive line coach change. Hutmacher and his family had built a good relationship with Mike Dawson but after meeting Tony Tuioti any fears were put to rest after just the first conversation Hutmacher had with him.
Hutmacher was an important get in this class not just because the Huskers beat out a division rival. He plays an important position as a potential anchor for the future Blackshirts. He is also another culture setter that will grind in the weight room to get better.
Hutmacher was a frequent visitor in Lincoln for games this fall. He took an active role in peer recruiting during his visits as well. During his senior season he recorded 21 solo tackles, assisted on 67 more and forced two turnovers. He also added 18 tackles for loss and four sacks. One of the best heavyweight wrestlers in the nation, Hutmacher will defend his titles in wrestling before joining Nebraska in the summer.
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.