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Life in the Red: A big ratings bump for Husker verbal commit Gunnerson
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Life in the Red: A big ratings bump for Husker verbal commit Gunnerson

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Blaise Gunnerson hasn't played in a high school football game since his sophomore season, but the rising senior is still enjoying a summer full of recognition. 

The outside linebacker from Carroll, Iowa, of course, verbally committed to Nebraska earlier this month. He was invited to January's All-American Bowl and accepted, meaning he'll get a week among some of the best high school competition in the country. 

Then this week he was put squarely among that level of competition by 247Sports, which vaulted him up in its 2020 rankings all the way to the No. 124 player overall in the country

Gunnerson had previously been a three-star prospect. The 6-foot-5, 255-pounder is now ranked the No. 7 strongside defensive end in the country and the No. 2 player out of Iowa. 

Gunnerson missed his whole junior year because of a hip injury, but Nebraska (as well as a couple of other schools like Iowa State) recruited him hard for more than a year anyway. 

Gunnerson is now the second-highest rated recruit in the Huskers' eight-man 2020 class per 247Sports, following offensive tackle Turner Corcoran (Lawrence, Kansas). Corcoran checks in at No. 40 overall in the nation and the No. 3 tackle. 

Wide receiver Zavier Betts (Bellevue West) and defensive tackle Nash Hutmacher (Chamberlain, South Dakota) are also considered four-star prospects by 247Sports. 

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (School) Stars
Zavier Betts WR 6-2 190 Omaha (Bellevue West) ****
Marquis Black DL 6-4 280 McDonough, Ga. (Eagle's Landing) ***
Alante Brown WR 6-0 190 Chicago (Simeon) ****
Jimari Butler OLB 6-5 215 Mobile, Ala. (Murphy) ***
Alex Conn OT 6-6 280 Derby, Kansas ***
Niko Cooper OLB 6-5 220 Memphis, Tenn. (Hutchinson C.C.) ***
Turner Corcoran OT 6-6 280 Lawrence, Kan. (Free State) ****
Ronald Delancy III DB 5-11 190 Miami (Northwestern) ***
Marcus Fleming WR 5-10 160 Miami, Fla. (Northwestern) ****
Jaiden Francois CB 6-0 185 Homestead, Fla. ****
Henry Gray DB 6-0 175 Miami (Central) ****
Keyshawn Greene LB 6-3 205 Crawfordville, Fla. (Wakulla) ****
Blaise Gunnerson OLB 6-5 250 Carroll, Iowa (Kuemper) ****
Nash Hutmacher DT 6-5 305 Chamberlain, South Dakota ***
Tamon Lynum DB 6-2 170 Orlando, Fla. (Evans) ***
Omar Manning WR 6-4 225 Lancaster, Texas (Kilgore College) ****
Eteva Mauga-Clements ILB 6-2 210 Pleasant Hill, Calif. (Diablo Vall. College) ***
Sevion Morrison RB 6-0 200 Tulsa, Oklahoma (Edison) ****
William Nixon WR 5-11 185 Waco, Texas (Midway) ***
Pheldarius Payne DE 6-3 270 Suffolk, Va. (Lackawanna CC) ***
Jordon Riley DE 6-5 300 Durhan, N.C. (Garden City C.C.) ***
Marvin Scott III RB 5-9 205 Port Orange, Fla. (Spruce Creek) ***
Logan Smothers QB 6-2 180 Muscle Shoals, Ala. ****

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.

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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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