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The Huskers have taken a deliberate approach to bringing players in for practices this spring. The team wants to focus on making those visits personal. That gives recruits and their family’s quality time to check things out.
The Huskers are wrapping up spring football. They brought in a rising 2024 prospect for one of the final practices. Iowa 2024 linebacker Derek Weisskopf (6-3, 205) was in Lincoln on Wednesday to see how the team operates.
“It was a good visit,” Weisskopf said. “Practice went good. All the facilities were great. I loved it.”
The Williamsburg, Iowa, native was joined on the trip by his dad and his football coach. He enjoyed getting their perspective during the visit. The one thing that stood out to all three was how nice Nebraska’s facilities are.
“All the new facilities being built sound awesome,” Weisskopf said. “They’re making a brand new weight room, indoor facility and all that. I’m surprised they are ripping down the old ones. It’s crazy because the ones right now are really impressive. The new ones are going to be even more impressive.”
The defender was able to see a lot on Nebraska’s campus. He saw the players lounge where the Huskers are able to do homework and hang out. There was a locker room tour and a deep dive into the weight room. Weisskopf was able to check out practice. Then he sat in on a couple meetings with coaches.
That’s when he got his offer from defensive coordinator Erik Chinander.
After a good talk with @CoachChinander I am blessed to receive my 2nd offer from the University of Nebraska☠️🔴⚪️ @HuskerFBNation @SeanDillonNU @AllenTrieu @SBock247 @BlairRIVALS pic.twitter.com/beeINX40Vc
— Derek Weisskopf (@DerekWeisskopf) April 6, 2022
“We were just talking about academics and all that,” Weisskopf said. “Then he asked if I had any more questions or anything. He said he’d like to offer me. I was just grateful.”
The Huskers project him as an EDGE in their scheme. He’s got a really good frame to add to at the next level. That combined with his athleticism are going to make Weisskopf a coveted prospect in his class.
“Nebraska likes how I can tackle in space because I play safety right now at the moment,” Weisskopf said. “They like how I can move because I also played receiver. So they like how I can play multiple positions. They just like how I’m an athlete and I’m in multiple sports. I’m staying active all the time.”
The junior to be says that it’s important for him to stay active because of all the transferable skills he can pick up. The more sports he plays the more he gets used to the pressure being on him. Playing many positions also helps him be able to make the right play at the right time.
The defender has a few more trips scheduled after Nebraska. He’ll head to Iowa on Monday before Iowa State on Wednesday. Then he will be back at Iowa to check out a spring practice next Saturday. He was also recently in Madison where Wisconsin offered him a scholarship.
“I’m really looking for a family bond in the team and great coaches,” Weisskopf said. “Facilities are always good at every college but great facilities and the campus. Academics too.”
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Thankful to receive an offer from Nebraska University pic.twitter.com/JRjf84CTza
— Enow-M’beleke Etta🇨🇲 (@EnowEtta1) April 7, 2022
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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.