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Rave Raiola reviews were 'huge' for transfer OL Hunter Anthony


By Parker Gabriel

Lincoln Journal Star

January 2, 2022

Nebraska landed a commitment from Oklahoma State transfer offensive lineman Hunter Anthony on Sunday morning. Here are three observations on the addition.

1. Anthony visited campus on Nebraska offensive line coach Donovan Raiola’s first day in town, but the offensive line coach made an impression anyway.

In fact, before the two actually met, Anthony already had received favorable reviews from several others, including former Oklahoma State All-American and current Chicago Bears rookie tackle Teven Jenkins.

Raiola, of course, was Jenkins’ assistant offensive line coach in Chicago until he left last month to take the Husker job.

“We also have a strength coach, Anthony Hibbert, he’s up there, and then another o-lineman, Arlington Hambright,” Anthony told the Journal Star on Sunday. “(Hambright) was here my freshman year and he was a big influence for me, then he went to Colorado for his fifth year. He’s up there, too, and all of them had nothing but good things to say.”

I respect Teven so much. I played with him for almost three years and he’s awesome. He told me, ‘Man, I would have loved to have played for (Raiola) in college.’ Hearing that and hearing Coach Hilbert say he’s going to shoot you straight. You’re going to work your butt off, but he’s going to be honest and he’s a good guy. From people I really respect, that really meant so much to me.”

Then Anthony and Raiola actually met on the weekend of Dec. 10.

He’s down to earth and his background of where he coached, plus his brother (former Husker great Dominic Raiola), that’s unbeatable,” Anthony said. “Just having that plus the people I talked to, it was huge.”


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