Running for another title

One of the recruits on Nebraska commitment list that Husker fans are really fired up about is Nathan Gerry. Gerry is a physical specimen who has size and speed that the coaches at Nebraska have to be fired up to get in their defensive secondary.

Sioux Falls (S.D.) Washington is riding him. Nathan Gerry and his team mates locked up another state title, their third in four years, and it could have been four in four years.

"We won the state title," Gerry said. "My team has won the state title my freshman, sophomore and senior years. We made it to the championship game last year and lost. I could have had four titles."

Gerry says that as a team that they went out and achieved their goals. He feels like as a player that he took some giant steps forward in just his second year playing on the defensive side of the football.

"We achieved our goal of winning a state title. We wanted to end our senior season with a perfect record. I thought that I improved on the defensive side of the ball after just playing last year on defense for the first time.

"I feel like I really started to understand what was going on with the defense. Not just at my position, but everywhere on the field. I thought that I played faster and stronger. I thought that I played pretty good this year."

Gerry played through pain all year. Before the season started he was diagnosed with a knee injury that could require surgery. Now he's talking to the doctors again about his knee and the options.

"Last year in the winter I banged up my knee playing in a pick-up basketball game. I went through track and didn't think about the injury at all. I finally got it checked out at the start of the season and it was a torn meniscus.

"I actually just talked to them again about what we are going to do. It would have to be scoped, but at my age it's the last resort thing to do. We haven't really decided if I am going to have surgery, get it stitched in or scoped, at all."

Gerry is still one of just a couple of the Nebraska commitments who hasn't taken his official visit to Nebraska yet. Gerry says that it's been tough with his dad's job to get a free weekend. One should be coming up soon.

"It's been tough to find a weekend where the whole family can go to Lincoln. My dad is the head trainer at a college here. So he has to be here on Saturdays. We are going to figure out a date to all head down there."

Gerry might be just weeks from finishing up his football season and is now talking about his knee to his doctor, but Gerry is getting back in the swing of things. Gerry says that he is now training for track and he is trying to help his team go back to back to back.

"I actually started training for track on Monday, working out and lifting. After Christmas break I am going to start training a little harder and really start running. I want to win another track title.

"We are back to back in track. We won it my sophomore and junior years. I am going to compete in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m, 4x200m and 4x400m.

"I got first in the 200m last year and second in the 100m. I got second in the 200m my sophomore year and third in the 100m. My best 100m time is a 10.39 and my best 200m time is 21.31."

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 10 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 12 years.
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