The talent in Nebraska high school football continues to be on the rise year after year. We continue to see more players in the state get scholarship offers. The prospects are getting those offers earlier now too. Omaha Burke 2025 linebacker Christian Jones already holds an offer from the Huskers.
Jones (6-3, 190) was back in Lincoln on Saturday for the Huskers’ second Junior Day event. It was another good opportunity for Jones and his family to get around the coaching staff. He got a great vibe from everyone while he was on campus.
“It was very warm. They made it feel like they wanted you there, Jones said. “Everyone was hands-on and it was very well put together. They had the little details down. They didn’t really miss out on anything. They’re pretty real with you. They weren’t sugarcoating anything. We talked to every coach and have really great relationships being built. I liked it a lot and so did my family.”
Jones did a photoshoot and had position meetings with linebacker coaches. He was able to see what a day would be like for him at Nebraska as a linebacker. The Huskers went over how practice would be during a game week. The team also went over the practice scheduling and how that works with balancing class. Coach Scott Frost met with Jones and his family.
“My parents are from a small town where he used to live and my dad played sports against him. So, it was cool. They’re talking about games that they played against each other. We just have a good relationship being built. It was a very fun conversation.”
The defender’s dad was a walk-on for the Huskers in the late 1990s. He’s got a good connection with the program, which could help the Huskers down the road. It does help Nebraska that the team got in on Jones so early. The defender finds it surreal that teams are so interested in him at a young age. He has offers from Iowa State, Kansas and Minnesota to go along with his Husker offer.
“It’s a good feeling knowing people want you to play for them,” Jones said. “Especially at such a young age. I am very grateful for it and I still can’t believe it sometimes.”
Jones has been able to connect with current Husker linebacker Nick Henrich. The pair of Burke Bulldogs struck a friendship and Jones considers Henrich a good mentor for him. Jones had 49 tackles with 11 for loss plus five and a half sacks as a freshman starting on the varsity team. This offseason he has one big thing that he wants to work on.
“I want to work on bulletproofing my body,” Jones said. “I’ve been training with some trainers to get my body right. Making sure I don’t get hurt and that’s one thing I have to maintain right now. Just staying healthy and getting bigger, faster and stronger.”
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.