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Ashton Hausmann

Norris' Ashton Hausmann runs the ball during a game against Beatrice last season in Beatrice.

Ashton Hausmann woke up Friday morning thinking of Friday Night Lights.

It's always been his dream to play football at Nebraska, and this was another chance to impress the Husker football coaches.

"To go out and ball out," Hausmann said.

It wasn't necessary.

Head coach Scott Frost called Hausmann to his office in the middle of the team's recruiting barbecue Friday, hours before Friday Night Lights. He told the Norris standout that the Huskers wanted him playing in Lincoln.

"I told him that I wanted to go there and I committed on the spot," said Hausmann, who accepted a preferred walk-on spot in the 2020 class.

Not a bad Friday afternoon for the 6-foot, 200-pound speedster from Norris, who enjoyed some brisket and ribs in the afternoon, and spent the rest of the day on cloud nine.

It comes at a time when Hausmann's recruiting was starting to pick up. He received a scholarship offer from Incarnate Word right after track season and also was receiving interest from Wyoming, South Dakota State and North Dakota State. He also had a preferred walk-on offer from Virginia Tech.

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"I was just hoping that I was going to get a (Nebraska) offer at some point, whether that was a scholarship or a walk-on (offer), because playing at Nebraska has been my dream school since I was a little kid.

"I just feel at home. I've been to Memorial Stadium hundreds of times, too, it feels like."

Hausmann's father played at Nebraska, as did his uncles Matt and Adam Ickes.

"They just wanted me to be a part of that because they know it's something special playing there," said Hausmann, who rushed for 991 yards and 31 touchdowns as a junior before injuries slowed him down.

Hausmann plays linebacker and defensive back, too. He said the Huskers envision him possibly at safety with his speed.

The all-stater is among the state's fastest players, and he flashed that speed at the state track and field meet, winning the Class B 100-meter gold in 10.84 seconds. He also ran the anchor leg on the Titans' winning 400 relay team.

Hausmann owns school records in the 100 (:10.79) and 200 (:21.99).

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Reach the writer at 402-473-2639 or cgrell@journalstar.com. On Twitter @LJSSportsGrell.

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