Aurora’s three-time all-state defensive end announced he’s headed to the Boot.
Senior Mason Husmann, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound pass rusher, verbally committed to play college football at the University of Louisiana-Monroe. Husmann chose the Warhawks over nine other teams that offered him scholarships. Husmann chose Louisiana-Monroe over two NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams, Army and Air Force. He also passed up offers from seven FCS teams, including Missouri State and Southern Illinois.
Husmann offered his commitment to Lousiana-Monroe near the end of his official campus visit this past weekend.
“Honestly it was (Sunday). We went through and toured the facilities,” Husmann said. “I love the facilities like the weight room, and it was just a great group of guys, the other recruits.”
Monday morning, Husmann tweeted news of his verbal commitment.https://twitter.com/Mason_Husmann/status/694154227749269504
Husmann said he plans to sign his national letter of intent to play for Louisiana-Monroe Wednesday, Feb. 3, the first day Division I programs are allowed to accept letters of intent from football players according to NCAA rules.
In his senior season at Aurora, Husmann made 97 solo tackles and 27 assists for 124 total tackles. The strongest part of his game is his pass rushing from the defensive end spot of the 4-3 defense. Husmann had 10 sacks, 18 tackles for loss, seven pass breakups and five forced fumbles.
Husmann also played on offense right tackle in the Houn’ Dawgs’ offense.
Aurora reached the Class 3 playoff semifinals under first year coach Kale Kilgo, but fell 14-7 to Odessa in the state semifinals. The Houn’ Dawgs finished the season 9-5, having made their first playoff semifinal appearance since 1999.
Husmann said he will miss his teammates who helped make his senior season as fun as it was.
“I’m going to miss the community and the coaches,” Husmann said. “I’m going to miss that tightknit group.”
Louisiana-Monroe plays in the NCAA Division I FBS Sun Belt Conference. Husmann will be part of a rebuilding project. The Warhawks went 2-11 in 2015, and hired a new coach in Matt Viator from McNeese State in the offseason.
Viator’s McNeese State teams posted a 78-33 record in 10 seasons. Viator is a three-time Southland Conference Coach of the Year.
“The coach has never had a losing season, so that’s a positive point in my perspective,” Husmann said.
Historically, Louisiana-Monroe won one FCS national championship in 1987, plus six conference champions, the most recent in 2005. As an FBS team, the Warhawks made their last bowl appearance in 2012.