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Nebraska Recruiting: Prospects React to Huskers' Season Opening Win

September 1, 2019
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Recruiting never stops and it's easy to miss the top stories day-to-day. Recruiting analyst Greg Smith recaps all things Nebraska recruiting news, analysis and more so you never miss a thing.


The 2019 Nebraska football season is officially underway. Sure, the Huskers’ 35-21 opening win over South Alabama didn’t look the way fans had hoped. In fact, you could call it less than ideal, which would be reasonable. Nebraska hosted over 30 unofficial visitors for the first game of the season. There were no official visitors this week, but that was expected with the 11 a.m. CT kickoff timeslot. 

However, two familiar faces were back in town. Nebraska commits 4-star (HV Rating: 94.1) offensive tackle Turner Corcoran and 4-star (HV Rating: 90.6) outside linebacker Blaise Gunnerson made it to Lincoln for the game. Corcoran has been to Lincoln many times and had another great experience.

“It was great being able to see them play,” he said. “Honestly it was one of my better experiences because I was finally able to see their home opener this time. It was great to see Blaise again and to finally meet [2021 offensive line target] Trey [Zuhn]. The defense had a bunch of great plays too.” 

Nebraska’s lone linebacker commit for now, Gunnerson, also enjoyed his time back in Lincoln. It was the first time that he got to be back around the staff since he announced his commitment on July 2.

Hail Varsity was also in Carroll on Friday to see Gunnerson make his return to the football field. 

“It felt really good to get back on the field,” Gunnerson told Hail Varsity on Sunday. “Some of the highlights would have to be my almost strip sack, sack, my pancakes and both my long catches. Also, it just felt great that their offense couldn’t do anything once we got our defense figured out. Me and [Kyle] Berg coming off the edge is a lot of fun. I also loved that 10-minute drive we took to close the game. We physically wore them out and Kyle [Berg] did a great job running the ball behind our line.”

Expect to see both Gunnerson and Corcoran in Lincoln a lot this fall. 

There were plenty of other prospects that enjoyed their time in Lincoln too. Sutton running back Jackson Perrien enjoyed the game and got to catch up with an old friend. 

Seward offensive tackle Tyler Lenz has a good time back in Lincoln.

Multi-sports Elkhorn High star Drew Christo was in Lincoln again. Christo will have the option to play baseball, football or both at the college level when he graduates in 2021. 

Recruit Watch

>> Nebraska quarterback commit Logan Smothers had another good game on Friday night. He totaled 233 yards and four touchdowns while not playing in the fourth quarter. 

>> Nebraska sent out some new graphics to top targets over the weekend. AJ Rollins, a 2021 tight end from Creighton Prep, received one. 

So did 2021 St. Louis outside linebacker target Travion Ford. 

>> Huskers defensive back commit Tamon Lynum is asking the important questions on Twitter. 

ICYMI

> > The 2021 recruiting class is off and running. Defensive end RJ Sorensen from Florida became the first member of the class.

>> The Blackshirts carried Nebraska to a win and the tour has begun, writes Derek Peterson. 

>> Brandon Vogel explains why there is always a choice when it comes to Week 1.

>> 2021 linebacker Collin Oliver found a ‘one of a kind’ atmosphere at Nebraska this weekend.

>> Jacob Padilla is back to break down the play of the game which is Eric Lee Jr.’s pick six. 

>> We have three photo galleries from the game. There is a fan gallery, game gallery and recruit gallery. 

>> 2022 wide receiver Quinton Conley had a great first game experience at Nebraska. 

>> The second-ranked Huskers swept UCLA in volleyball on Saturday night. 

 
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