The Polar Bear is going Big Red.
Chamberlain High School standout Nash Hutmacher announced his intention to play football for Nebraska on Saturday.
The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Hutmacher is a four-star defensive tackle that garnered multiple offers from FBS schools. Hutmacher picked the Huskers over finalists Wisconsin and Oregon.
“Nebraska is going to be a really big-time program here in the next few years and I am just super excited to be a part of that,” Hutmacher told The Daily Republic.
Hutmacher recently visited all three programs and got the right feeling whenever he stepped onto the Nebraska campus.
“It felt right and then I went to some other visits and then I just never quite got that feeling when I was at those other places like I did at Nebraska,” Hutmacher said. “It’s just a place that felt right when I was down there. That’s just where I want to be.”
He also cited his relationship with Nebraska coaches Scott Frost, Ryan Held and Tony Tuioti in his decision. A former Husker himself, Frost took over the program last season and Hutmacher said he’s changing the culture of the program.
“Coach Frost is bringing the right mindset,” Hutmacher said. “He’s a winner. He’s changing that whole culture down there into something great. It’s coming. It’s just a matter of time.”
A state champion wrestler and thrower in track and field, Hutmacher is an all-state defensive linemen. Last season, he totaled 105 tackles, including 10 sacks, and forced 10 fumbles while recovering four.
He hopes to bring that same mentality to the Husker defensive line.
“I am going to be playing nose tackle,” Hutmacher said. “I am just going to be the big guy holding that center of the defense together and hopefully making plays in the trenches. … I am really looking forward to it. It’s obviously going to be a big challenge, but I love being challenged and just super excited for it.”
Hutmacher can sign his national letter of intent in December, but as for now, he can put decision behind him.
“I am super relieved, super excited to become part of the Husker family,” he said.