The Nebraska-Iowa rivalry just got a little more personal.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Huskers plucked one of the top 2020 prospects out of the state of Iowa, receiving a verbal commitment from three-star defensive end Blaise Gunnerson. The Carroll native is listed as the No. 2 player from Iowa, according to 247Sports.
“I want to thank every coach who has given me the opportunity to play for their university,” Gunnerson wrote on Twitter. “With that being said, I am excited to announce that I will be committing to The University of Nebraska.”
— Blaise Gunnerson (@b_gunnerson) July 2, 2019
At 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, Gunnerson is a huge addition to the defensive front for Scott Frost and company. Not only is Gunnerson one of the top players from Iowa, he’s also ranked as the No. 34 strong-side in the 2020 recruiting class.
Overall, Gunnerson ranks as one of the top 700 players in the cycle.
Gunnerson is just the seventh player to give a verbal commitment to the Huskers this cycle. Even with his pledge, Nebraska still sits near the bottom of the B1G in the recruiting rankings, coming in at No. 12. Nationally, Nebraska sits at No. 62.
According to 247Sports, Gunnerson had six total offers on the table. He chose the Huskers over Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Minnesota and South Dakota State.