He texted often with head coach Scott Frost and was even introduced to defensive coordinator and fellow Iowan Erik Chinander’s family.247Sports rates Gunnerson as the No. 678 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 34 strong-side defensive end in the nation, and the No. 2 prospect from the state of Iowa.In 2017 he recorded 25.5 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, and four sacks. He missed his junior season due to an injury.[The Daily Nonpareil] LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 20: General view of a football before the game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)For the longest time it looked like three-star defensive end Blaise Gunnerson had his choices narrowed down to in-state Iowa State and Nebraska. After picking the Huskers over the Cyclones on Tuesday, Gunnerson explained why he ultimately turned down the in-state Big 12 power.In an interview with The Daily Nonpareil, Gunnerson explained that while he “leaned” towards Iowa State for several days, he came to realize that Nebraska was a better fit. He said that the academics, strength and conditioning, and coaching staff were all better at Nebraska.“I leaned Iowa State for a day or two,” Gunnerson said. “Then I kind of got back to myself and knew Nebraska was the place for me. If I go to Nebraska, they’re going to develop me to be the best version of myself on and off the field. Their academics really impressed me, their strength and conditioning really impressed me, and the coaching staff was the most important thing. Scott Frost has been completely honest with me.”He admitted to being an Iowa State fan and that the people in his hometown of Carroll, Iowa are largely Cyclones fans as well. But he said that he couldn’t choose the Big 12 giants just because he was a fan.Gunnerson noted that Nebraska had been very active in recruiting him.