Nathan Gerry described his meeting with Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini as "what you see is what you get," which is exactly why the Sioux Falls, S.D., athlete chose to commit Saturday during the Big Red Weekend.
It was during his first conversation with Pelini that the defender committed. Then came the celebration.
“They went nuts when I committed,” Gerry said. “They really wanted me to join the team. That’s what sparked my weekend. They were really excited to have me.”
Nebraska entered the weekend hoping to land a commit from the 6-foot-2, 206-pound athlete that the staff has projected as a safety. Last season Gerry finished with 73 tackles, three interceptions and two sacks for Washington High.
Prior to the visit, Gerry told the staff he really wanted time to talk with Pelini and time to sit down and figure out how Nebraska would use him.
The coaches made good on both promises leaving Gerry and his parents very happy. The meeting with the defensive staff involved watching film, where the athlete learned the Huskers see him in a similar role to that of senior safety Daimion Stafford.
“We watched a lot of film and they compared me to Stafford,” Gerry said. “They showed how what I did in high school are very similar to plays that Nebraska safeties are making. They think I can come downhill but that I can also be a cover guy. Just knowing what I’ll be doing in college is a relief.”
Even though he spoke briefly with Husker assistant Terry Joseph during his spring game visit, Saturday was an opportunity for Gerry to really get to know the coach.
“It was probably the third time I’ve talked with coach Joseph,” Gerry said. “I really like coach Joseph and we talked about what I’d be playing and what I’d be doing. He’s really nice and you can sit down and talk to him. He won’t blow smoke up your boat. He’s just like coach Bo.”
Prior to Saturday’s time with the coaches, Gerry really spent time with Nebraska’s other commits, getting to know Josh Banderas, Greg Hart, Christian Lacouture and Dan Samuelson. The South Dakota resident said they hung out at Banderas’ house, played ping pong, went swimming and went to dinner together. The camaraderie among his future teammates really helped Gerry make the decision over the weekend.
After a furious recruiting process that saw him collect multiple offers over the past few months, Gerry said he’s ready to settle back into being a South Dakota teenager. Even Pelini thinks he should.
“That’s one of the things we talked about with coach Bo,” Gerry said. “Coach said Nebraska will be here for the next five years and he wanted me to go out and live my senior season, to be a kid and have fun.”