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Friday Night Lights, 6.14

Blaise Gunnerson (left) gets ready to participate in blocking drills June 14 during the annual Friday Night Lights camp at Memorial Stadium.

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. 

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) ****
Alex Conn OT 6-6 280 Derby, Kansas ***
Turner Corcoran OT 6-6 280 Lawrence, Kan. (Free State) ****
Blaise Gunnerson LB 6-5 250 Carroll, Iowa (Kuemper) ****
Nash Hutmacher DT 6-5 305 Chamberlain, South Dakota ***
Tamon Lynum DB 6-2 170 Orlando, Fla. (Evans) ***
William Nixon WR 5-11 185 Waco, Texas (Midway) ***
Logan Smothers QB 6-2 200 Athens, Alabama ****

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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