Husker 2020 DL target Hutmacher adds track titles to growing hardware collection; Juco linemen set for visits
Nash Hutmacher is no stranger to winning.
The Chamberlain, South Dakota, native and Nebraska football recruiting target is the top-ranked high school heavyweight wrestler in the country and hasn’t dropped a match since he began at the high school level.
In between wrapping up his third straight state title and chasing a triple crown of national events — the coveted defensive line recruit already has one national championship under his belt this spring — Hutmacher took home a pair of gold medals at South Dakota’s Class A state track meet Friday.
@Nashnation72 is your 2019 South Dakota Class A Boys State Discus Champion! Terrible throwing conditions but #Thepolarbear got it done! #Cubnation#Cubpowerpic.twitter.com/xsLYIzDL8O — Joe Hutmacher (@joe_hutmacher) May 24, 2019
First, Hutmacher bested the discus field by almost 3 feet with a throw of 148 feet, 3 inches in what his dad, Joe, called “terrible” conditions in a social media post.
Then he broke his own school record in the shot put, winning the Class A title with a throw of 54-1.
@Nashnation72 breaks his own school record and wins South Dakota Boys Class A State Championship in the shot-put with a throw of 54′1″! #Thepolarbear#Cubnation#Cubpowerpic.twitter.com/rO5MTiSzNq — Joe Hutmacher (@joe_hutmacher) May 24, 2019
Clearly, it’s been a busy spring for Hutmacher, who is listed at 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds. He used his official visit to Nebraska back in early April and visited Oregon officially last weekend. He’s slated to take his third and final known official visit to Wisconsin on June 7, and a decision could come at any time after that.
Hutmacher has already said he plans to focus exclusively on football once he gets to college, but that doesn’t make his three-sport high school prowess any less impressive.
Juco linemen set for visits: Nebraska is hosting a pair of offered junior college lineman from right up the highway this weekend.
Iowa Western Community College defensive lineman Perrion Winfrey and offensive lineman Jacob Gamble are part of a group of Reivers that are reportedly taking an unofficial visit to NU.
Winfrey (6-4, 300) is one of the most sought-after 2020 juco prospects in the nation, holding offers from not only the Huskers but Alabama, Texas, Oregon, Florida State and a host of other power conference schools.
Gamble’s recruitment is picking up steam, too, as he’s picked up offers from NU, Kansas State, Iowa State and several others this spring. The 6-7, 325-pound tackle was just offered by the Huskers earlier this week.
It’s not difficult to see why NU is interested in adding juco help in the trenches. On defense, the 2019 team will feature five scholarship seniors, so even though the Huskers and Tony Tuioti like some of the young talent that’s been added over the past 18 months, they’re not shy about looking for some experience to mix in for 2020.
On offense, NU’s line is young and talented and has a wave of freshmen joining the program this summer. Even so, the development arc can be — and oftentimes ideally is — a long one and a juco player might help bridge that gap.
The Huskers also have a recent offer out to 6-7, 290-pound juco offensive tackle Kilian Zierer at College of the Canyons in Southern California.
Huskers in top group for coveted DB: At some positions, Nebraska’s 2020 recruiting board looks relatively easy to follow.
At others, there’s less clarity. Defensive back is one of those groups.
On Friday, NU made the top eight for 2020 four-star Jacobe Covington (Scottsdale, Arizona) along with a high-profile group of suitors that includes Oklahoma, LSU, Washington, Texas A&M, Oregon, Arizona and Arizona State.
The next step is probably for the Huskers to try to get Covington, listed at 6-1 and 190, on campus this summer or fall.
Aside from Covington, NU obviously likes juco DB Brian George at Highland (Kansas) CC, but so does just about everybody in the country.
The Huskers should also get a visit from Javar Strong, an emerging prospect at Muscle Shoals and now a teammate of verbally committed quarterback Logan Smothers.
Secondary coach Travis Fisher and NU have offered a ton of players — including several in Arizona and Texas — and it will be an interesting group to watch develop on the recruiting trail this summer.