Lincoln Southeast's Jake Appleget, a 2022 OLB/ATH, committed to Nebraska on Sunday. Photo credit: Steve Marik/nebpreps
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Lincoln Southeast’s Appleget Commits To Nebraska

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It felt like home. 

That was what 2022 Lincoln Southeast OLB/ATH Jake Appleget was thinking as he went through his official visit at Nebraska this past weekend.

So, with that in mind, Appleget decided to commit to his hometown Huskers, and did so via Twitter on Sunday night.

“The whole weekend was perfect. I got there on Friday and had a great time being shown the campus and attending some meetings,” Appleget said. “Saturday was awesome and I got to go out with some players and got to meet quite a few more players. The coaches did a great job of making me feel like home.”

On Sunday morning Appleget had a quick meeting with head coach Scott Frost and his staff. They asked how Appleget was feeling about the visit. That meeting ended with smiles all around. 

“I told them that other coaches have been reaching out and texting me, but I’ve been telling all those other places, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’” Appleget said. “I want to stay home and I wanted to commit. The coaches were pumped, and I’m pumped.”

The 6-foot-4, 213-pound Appleget, who fielded late interest from Iowa State and Kansas State, was told where he’d likely begin his career once he gets to Nebraska.

“They see me starting at outside linebacker and they see me doing very well at that spot,” he said.

Hospitality was Appleget’s favorite part of his visit, which included hanging out with current Husker linebacker Garrett Snodgrass during the Friday Night Lights event and a barbecue that same day.

“The players showing me around, my tour guides and all the coaches just made me feel at home all weekend, because I am at home,” Appleget said. “It made everything 100 percent in my mind, and it made me know that this was the place I wanted to be.”

Getting to chat and hang out with the York, Neb., native Snodgrass, as well as fellow in-state Huskers like Cam Jurgens (Beatrice) and Garrett Nelson (Scottsbluff), helped give Appleget the insight he was looking for.

“He (Snodgrass) was great and did a great job of showing me around, making me feel at home and introducing me to other players,” Appleget said. “Getting the inside scoop from him and seeing what campus was really like and what the coaches are really like behind the scenes, he just did a great job of depicting all of that for me. He’s a great guy and it was good to get to know him.”

Appleget is the second in-state player to commit to the 2022 class, joining Columbus linebacker Ernest Hausmann.

As a junior at Southeast last season, Appleget was second on the team in tackles with 67 while starting at middle linebacker. The versatile athlete also caught 17 passes for 280 yards and a team-high five touchdowns as a tight end/receiver.

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