NORFOLK — Ethan Piper went to his first Husker football game when he was in third grade and watched Ndamukong Suh. Like many youngsters, he thought being like the star defensive tackle would be pretty cool.
“This guy looks crazy and I would do whatever it takes to be a Cornhusker,” Piper said.
Now Piper will have the chance to be like Suh. The junior defensive lineman is coming off a state championship season with Norfolk Catholic and picked up a scholarship offer from new Huskers head coach Scott Frost last Wednesday. It didn’t take long for Piper to act on the offer – committing on Monday.
“They kind of sold it by just saying we’re going to bring back the 90s in Nebraska and get a couple National Championships,” Piper said. “That kind of did for me, I was just like, ‘where do I sign?’”
The 6’4”, 275-pound lineman says he was recruited by Inside Linebackers Coach Barrett Ruud and Defensive Coordinator Erik Chinander. He says the coaches told him they like his motor and his character.
Frost talked with his former teammate, and Piper’s Elementary School Principal, Bill LaFleur to get more background. He learned that Piper dunked in 8th grade – one year earlier than Frost. But he also found out Piper hasn’t thrown the shot-put as far as Frost did.
“He was giving me a lot of grief. That fires me up,” Piper said. “I just want to do well and shove it in his face a little bit if I beat it.”
Piper also has scholarship offers from Iowa and Ohio. He is the third commit for the Huskers’ 2019 class.