Recruiting never stops and it’s easy to miss the top stories day-to-day. Recruiting analyst Greg Smith recaps all things Nebraska recruiting news, analysis and more so you never miss a thing.
Nebraska’s walk-on class has grown and has its first quarterback. Hastings quarterback Jarrett Synek announced that he would be joining the class on Wednesday/
— Jarrett Synek (@JarrettSynek) November 19, 2020
Synek was able to get 10 games in this season with Hastings. He threw for 2,641 yards, including 31 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He posted a nice 59.4 completion percentage. Synek was also productive on the ground racking up 547 yards and seven touchdowns. Synek should feel right at home in the quarterback room. Kearney Catholic quarterback Heinrich Haarberg is from a nearby town. Sophomore Matt Masker and redshirt freshman Brayden Miller are also from Kearney.
The quarterback room will feature a strong local flavor.
The Huskers’ walk-on class for 2021 has grown quite a bit over the last three weeks. It’s now up to eight total members.
- DB AJ Collins (Creighton Prep)
- K Kelen Meyer (Ord)
- TE Evan Myersick (Millard West)
- OL Weston Reiman (Weeping Water)
- OL Carson Rohde (Sumner)
- RB Matthew Shuster (Ashland-Greenwood)
- QB Jarrett Synek (Hastings)
- RB/WR Aiden Young (Elkhorn)
Speaking of local recruiting, local talent will be on display once again for the state championship games. With the change this year of venues for the Nebraska state championship finals, the information about how to watch the games has been changing rapidly. This week the NSAA announced the television and streaming coverage plans.
NET will televise the Class A Championship game. That matchup between Elkhorn South and Omaha Westside is live from Phelps Field in Omaha at 7 p.m. CT on Friday, Nov. 20. The game will also be livestreamed at netNebraska.org and on the NET Nebraska App.
The Class B, C1, D1 and D2 Championship game, on Friday, Nov. 20, will be livestreamed at netNebraska.org and on the NET Nebraska App. Class D2 (Sandhills/Thedford vs. BDS) and Class D1 (Dundy County Stratton vs. Burwell) will start at 5 p.m. CT. Class C1 (Adams Central vs. Pierce) will start at 5:30 p.m. CT. Class B (Aurora vs. Elkhorn) will start at 6 p.m. CT.
NET will televise the Class C2 Championship game. It’s Ord vs. Archbishop Bergan, live from Heedum Field in Fremont at 3 p.m. CT, Friday, Nov. 20.
News Channel Nebraska will televise the Class D6 Championship game, Sterling vs. McCool Junction, live from Cope Stadium in Kearney at 7 p.m. CT, Friday, Nov. 20. The Class D6 Championship Final will also be livestreamed on the NFHS Network.
The Class B, C1, D1 and D2 Championship games will be recorded for television broadcast at a later date in December, to be announced.
Coach Scott Frost said while he wished he could watch all of the games at Memorial Stadium this year, he still wishes all the participants good luck.
“We can’t go to the games and watch these kids play,” Frost said. “That being said, a championship is a championship. I wish everybody luck this week that’s playing in them.”
>> Iowa Western has to cancel the OPS Combine event it had planned due to rising concerns over COVID-19.
Unfortunately due to new Covid 19 guidelines in the State of Iowa we have to postpone the OPS Combine that was schedule for this Saturday, November 21st. We apologize to all the student athletes. We know it’s disappointing news but continue to workhard and trust the process!
— IWCC Reiver Football (@ReiverFootball) November 18, 2020
>> Bellevue West 2022 tight end Kaden Helms was offered by Kansas State on Thursday.
— Kaden Helms (@KadenJHelms) November 19, 2020
>> Husker linebacker commit Seth Malcom came up short in his team’s quest for a state title but it was a great run.
Not the outcome we wanted for today, but beyond proud of this team and coaches! If this was the last time to see our boys play together, we’ll take state runner-up any day! 💛🖤💛🖤
Love you both!!@SMalcom8 @jakemalcom1 pic.twitter.com/1xDNVneEpC
— Tracy Malcom (@tjmalcom4) November 19, 2020
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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.