LINCOLN — In Nebraska’s first Friday Night Lights camp, the attraction wasn’t where it usually is — with the quarterbacks and receivers — but the blitzing linebacker off the edge.
That’d be Carroll (Iowa) Kuemper star Blaise Gunnerson, one of the roughly 300 campers on hand for one of NU’s showcase events. Another major camp — the Huskers’ first OL/DL Pipeline Camp — kicks off Saturday morning.
A 6-foot-5, 250-pound linebacker who is taking his official visit to Nebraska this weekend, Gunnerson could in theory work in the Pipeline Camp, too, given the way he dominated the majority of the pass rush repetitions in front of him. Gunnerson took coaching from Husker assistants and current Nebraska defensive end Ben Stille after his reps, as well.
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Gunnerson wasn’t the only prospect visiting this weekend. Port Orange (Fla.) Spruce Creek running back Marvin Scott III was on hand, as well, surrounded throughout the night by current Huskers and coaches. Scott did not work out in the camp but made the rounds watching drills.
The same was true of Omaha Burke athlete Xavier Watts, the highly coveted receiver/defensive back who has offers from the Huskers, Notre Dame, Michigan and more. Watts has made frequent trips to Lincoln in the last year, including in late May.
Also attending the camp were Division I prospects Isaac Gifford and Teivis Tuioti, both of Lincoln Southeast. Tuioti is the son of Nebraska defensive line coach Tony Tuioti.
Nebraska will have its second Friday Night Lights camp June 21. The Pipeline camp starts at 11 a.m. and is open to the public.