COLUMBUS -- Nolan Viergutz was first introduced to Hastings College a few years back at a football camp on its campus.
Now Viergutz is headed back there as a member of the Broncos.
The Lakeview senior signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play football for Hastings.
“It’s really exciting,” Viergutz said. “It’s been my dream since I was a little kid and it finally happened.”
The 220-pounder might not have shown up a lot in the stat sheet, but Viergutz was among the most important players over the past two seasons for the Vikings, two years that ended with state playoff berths.
On offense, Viergutz has been the starting center both seasons. He set pass protections and called out blocking schemes on run plays. He wasn’t credited with a single bad snap in that timeframe.
Viergutz was the captain of the defense in 2017 as the middle linebacker. He rotated in during his junior year.
As a senior, Viergutz recorded 57 tackles and two sacks.
“When the season started, we knew we were going to get big-time production out of Nolan and he came through for us in a big way,” Lakeview head coach Kurt Frenzen said. “He’s one of those guys you couldn’t keep off the field.”
He’ll look to build on his linebacking abilities in Hastings as he will focus on defense fulltime.
Viergutz isn’t the most athletic linebacker in the state, but he makes up for that in the film room.
“Nolan is a film-room junkie that scouted almost as much as the coaching staff,” Frenzen added.
The time spent in the film room allows Viergutz to anticipate a play before it’s run.
“Playing defense, if you know what the offense is going to do before they do it, it helps a lot to put you in the right position at the right time,” Viergutz said.
That was exactly the type of player the Hastings coaches were looking for.
“When we evaluated him, he’s got a never-quit attitude,” Broncos assistant coach Clint Head said. “When you watch him play football, he’s always in the mix. He’s doing all the things we ask.”
Head also loved Viergutz’s intangibles off the field.
“Character is a big thing for us, leadership is a big thing for us and the more I got to know him over the course of the recruiting process, the more we wanted him at Hastings College,” he added. “We’re lucky to have him.”
Viergutz is just excited to get down there and get to work on making the transition to collegiate football.
“Those guys are going to be bigger, but if I live in the weight room, I’ll get there,” he said.