COLUMBUS, Neb.-- It was the early signing day for college football on Wednesday, and a player from Columbus High School signed his letter of intent to play for Nebraska.

Ernest Hausmann was one of three Nebraska natives in the huskers’ early signing class. News Channel Nebraska got the chance to talk with Hausmann about his decision to sign with Nebraska.

"For me, it was the type of program I wanted to go to. With my history and background, I really like the rebuild program," said Hausmann.

Hausmann was also asked about the crucial year it will be for Nebraska football next season and if he's ready to come in right away and contribute.

"It'll be crucial. I think everyone knows in that program, how big of a year it is for everyone there and for Nebraska nation. So, yeah, I'm going in there and looking forward to just get down to work," added Hausmann.

Hausmann helped the Discoverers to a state playoff appearance as a senior. An Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska first-team selection, Hausmann made 77 tackles with eight tackles for loss, two sacks, two fumble recoveries, and four pass breakups in his final season. Offensively, he caught 37 passes for 600 yards and eight touchdowns while rushing six times for 108 yards, including a 57-yard touchdown run.

Hausmann is regarded as a three-star prospect, and he was rated as the No. 5 player in the state of Nebraska and among the top 50 linebackers in the country by Rivals. He chose Nebraska after also considering offers from Arizona State, Iowa, Kansas State, Michigan, Michigan State, and Minnesota.