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Huskers host talented Colorado defender

Nebraska rolls out the red carpet for Colorado defensive lineman

Nebraska has rolled out the red carpet for multiple visitors from Colorado this spring and added another big visitor on Tuesday in 2020 defensive tackle Aidan Keanaaina.

During a day where most of the Husker staff was on the road talking to local Nebraskans, the 6’3, 290lb Keanaaina got to spend the day with head coach Scott Frost, linebackers coach Barrett Ruud, defensive line coach Mike Dawson and strength and conditioning coach Zachary Duvall who all stayed back in Lincoln to visit with Keanaaina.

“It was an amazing unofficial visit,” Keanaaina told Husker Hype. “I got to meet several of the coaches and loved getting to know them. (We) had a tour of the campus and loved how everything flows together. I talked personally with coach Frost and Dawson about why I am a great fit for the school and what they are running. All in all, it was a fantastic trip.”

The Huskers have made recruiting the state of Colorado a big priority ever since coach Frost arrived on campus last December. Frost kept highly regarded defensive end Tate Wildeman in the 2018 class and landed quarterback Luke McCaffrey in the 2019 class just the other day. In addition to those two, Nebraska has hosted several visitors from the Rockey Mountain State over the last few months in Carson Lee, Michael Lynn and Reese Atteberry many of whom Aidan Keanaaina is already connected with.

“I know Luke McCaffrey. We have talked in the past about football and college and I know Tate Wildeman from training. I also know some other 2020 offered players such as Carson Lee and Reese Atteberry.”

After his commitment, McCaffrey let Husker fans know that he would be active in recruiting other players to Nebraska and doing his part to help recruit for Nebraska. While Keanaaina didn’t say much about their conversation, it was obvious that Luke had already been in Aidan’s ear a little bit about why he chose the Huskers.

Aidan Keanaaina

2020 recruit Aidan Keanaaina meets with coach Frost and his staff

Aidan wasn’t alone on his trip to Lincoln as he was accompanied by his father who came away impressed by both the facilities and strength and conditioning coach Zach Duvall. Coach Duvall has been a favorite of Husker fans since he began to physically transform the team last winter.

“Coach Duvall, he’s an amazing guy with his mentality and how he runs the weight-training program.”

An interesting note, Aidan’s dad is a Colorado State alumni and his mom is a CU grad so while he doesn’t have any thoughts on the CU/Nebraska rivalry, their family has a heated in-state rivalry of their own.

Husker coaching staff isn’t the only group to make an impact on Aidan Keanaaina

While most of the Cornhusker staff was spread across the state meeting with fans, those same fans were busy making an impact on the young Keanaaina during his trip to Lincoln.

“The culture of the program and most of all the culture of the fan-base. They are crazy die-hard Cornhusker fans. They support this new staff 100% and the energy this staff brings is exhilarating,” he said.

As a talented 2020 recruit with over a dozen scholarship offers, Keanaaina is in no hurry with his recruitment and is exploring taking trips to several other schools this spring.  He’s talking with his family about taking visits to B1G foes Penn State, Ohio State, and independent Notre Dame.

It’s still very early in Keanaaina’s recruitment but the Huskers have put themselves squarely into the mix as Aidan rated the trip a “high 8” when asked about the score he would give it.

The only thing missing from his visit? Seeing the campus life and student activity when the students aren’t away on summer break.

Luckily for the Huskers, the coaching staff and fans made a big impact on Keanaaina and he is working to come back for a game this fall to get the full Nebraska gameday experience.

Keep an eye on Keanaaina this summer and fall as his recruiting begins to heat up.

Aidan Keanaaina

2020 recruit Aidan Keanaaina during his trip to Nebraska

 

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