Lincoln Southeast 2023 offensive lineman Gunnar Gottula committed to Nebraska on Saturday via Twitter.
— Gunnar Gottula ⁷⁷ (@GottulaGunnar) June 26, 2021
Gottula also owned Power Five offers from Iowa, Iowa State and Kansas State, but it was his relationship with the Husker staff that made the difference. It wasn’t until yesterday during an unofficial visit when the 6-foot-6, 260-pound Gottula was able to get a few questions answered to help his decision.
“I was just wondering about the dorms and where guys lived and stuff like that, and just things on campus,” Gottula said. “Then I got to watch film with (offensive line) coach (Greg) Austin and talk to coach (Scott) Frost, and that’s when I kind of knew it’s where I wanted to be.”
Gottula, the starting left tackle for Southeast, got to ask the Husker staff which position they see him projecting to at the next level.
“He told me it’s really early on because they have no clue how big I’m going to get,” Gottula said. “So they don’t know which position I’ll play, but what they like is they believe I have the versatility to play whatever, and I agree with that.”
Gottula enjoyed the one-hour film session with Austin, which included clips of what good footwork along the trenches should look like and different blocking schemes the Husker O-line uses.
“That was really fun. I liked that part a lot,” Gottula said.
Gottula is the second Lincoln Southeast Knight to commit to Nebraska. His teammate, 2022 OLB/ATH Jake Appleget, committed on June 20. Gottula is the second known Husker commit in the 2023 class as he joins Pierce tight end Ben Brahmer.
Appleget never pressured Gottula to commit to the Huskers, but he did make sure to let him know he’d like him to wear scarlet and cream.
“I kind of knew last night after my visit,” Gottula said of pulling the trigger and committing to Nebraska, “and I told him (Appleget), ‘Hey, I think I’m going to commit to Nebraska,’ and he said that sounds awesome.”