On Saturday morning, Vince Genatone and his family were packing their bags for a flight to Logan, Utah. Genatone, a 2022 linebacker prospect from North Platte, has a visit to Utah State on Sunday before heading to Boise State on Monday.
Genatone was feeling pretty good about himself Saturday morning, and rightfully so after performing well at his one-hour private workout in front of Nebraska coaches in Lincoln on Friday.
The workout started at 10 a.m., and the 5-foot-11, 203-pound Genatone flashed his explosiveness with a 4.45-second 40-yard dash and a 38.5 vertical jump.
“I think it went really well, I put up some really good numbers,” Genatone said. “Coach (Scott) Frost, he likes how explosive I am, and he also said I have Power-Five talent, and that was really cool to hear.”
Genatone, whose wingspan was measured at 75 1/2 inches, was also put through defensive back and linebacker drills while Nebraska defensive coordinator Erik Chinander, inside ‘backers coach Barrett Ruud and defensive backs coach Travis Fisher watched.
Word is starting to really get out on Genatone. On Saturday morning he took a call from Tennessee’s outside linebackers coach Mike Ekeler, who invited him to Knoxville for a private workout. A date for that workout hasn’t been set yet. Ekeler has Nebraska ties, as he coached linebackers for the Huskers from 2008-10.
While Genatone didn’t get an offer from the Huskers, that doesn’t mean the door is completely shut for the multi-sport prep star. Frost let Genatone and his family know the situation Nebraska’s staff is in.
“He (Frost) wanted to talk to the defensive staff, but what he told me was he’d look at bringing me in as a safety, and as I put on weight, move me down to inside or outside linebacker,” Genatone said. “With COVID and everything, they’re waiting to hear back from the NCAA on how many scholarships they can actually give out. So he wasn’t able to offer me because he doesn’t want to offer someone and then have to say, ‘Well we don’t actually have a spot on the team.’”
Genatone, who moved from Wyoming to North Platte last summer, started for the Bulldogs at safety before being moved to linebacker after a three games last fall. The position he plays at the next level doesn’t really matter much to him.
“I don’t really care where I play, I just want to be on the field,” Genatone said. “The whole thing doesn’t even feel real. I’ve been dreaming about playing college football my entire life, and the fact that it’s all starting to come to fruition is pretty cool. It’s pretty amazing.”