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Gerry chose the Huskers over Arizona State, Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan State and Minnesota. Gerry confirmed the commitment after leaving the Big Red Weekend.
He will likely start his career at Nebraska as a safety. He spent his junior year playing the same position, finishing with 73 tackles, three interceptions and two sacks for Washington High.
The athlete first came into contact with the Nebraska coaches when he visited for the spring game weekend in April. Gerry didn’t get to spend a lot of time with the staff, but offensive line coach Barney Cotton stopped by later in the month, giving the athlete his Nebraska offer.
Gerry told HuskersIllustrated.com that he grew up a Nebraska fan and his visit in April did nothing but solidify his interest in the team.
Gerry helped lead the Warriors to a 12-0 season and a state championship in 2012, as well as a 48-3 record and three titles since 2009.
In addition to the weight training, Washington football coach Brian Hermanson said Gerry works hard on acceleration and explosive drills, things that serve him well in both football and track.
"He can play outside linebacker some day, maybe even play inside," Hermanson said. "You look at him and he’s a really nice-looking athlete, but he can get bigger."
"He really made great improvement last year as a junior ... then this year he blew everybody out of the water."
Our take: He brings some good raw tools and a solid physical makeup to the NU program. He also joins a position of need if the Huskers indeed choose to play him at safety. Did Nebraska steal one here? There is a lot of talk that Gerry would have been a more marquee prospect because of his 4.42 speed, 35-inch vertical jump and 10-7 broad jump had he played high school football in a more visible recruiting area.
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