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.
Good things come to those who wait. That was the case for 2021 Kearney Catholic quarterback Heinrich Haarberg. The dual-threat signal caller got a big offer on Monday from the home state Huskers.
— Heinrich Haarberg (@HKHaarberg10) May 4, 2020
Haarberg is the first quarterback in Nebraska to receive a Power 5 offer in over 15 years. The Huskers offer excited the quarterback who got the call from Scott Frost.
“Coach Frost and I've been talking probably once a week or so,” Haarberg said. “We have a really cool relationship. He just asked to talk to me today. We talked and he said that he wanted to go ahead and offer me. He had wanted to see me throw in person. He didn't know when that opportunity would come so he just decided to go ahead and to trust his eyes and offer me.”
Haarberg and his parents felt like the Husker offer would come soon. His relationship is strong with Frost and quaterbacks coach Mario Verduzco. The connection with Verduzco is strong since Haarberg thinks he’s a great man that cares for his players. Still, there is a unique bond between Haarberg and Frost.
“It's a really unique relationship because there's not a lot of guys that come out of Central Nebraska and go on into play Division I football,” Haarberg said. “He's one of the few that has. It's cool being able to talk to him about Central Nebraska. Our home opener this year is against Wood River. I think that's kind of cool. But that the unique relationship that I have with him.
Most of the ACC and SEC have been started getting more involved with Haarberg’s recruitment. The schools in those conferences without quarterback commits are particularly interested. Though he is hearing from schools looking to take a second quarterback. It’s been a cool experience for Haarberg to be courted by these different schools so he wants to explore all his options. At this point he is not close minded to just stay in the Midwest.
“Really my relationship with the coaches will play a big factor in where I go,” Haarberg said. “The relationship I can build with them. The system isn't that big of a deal to me but I need to be able to develop well in that system and under those coaches. Then really just the atmosphere. Right now, I have a ton of offers from Ivy League and Northeast schools. I've visited the Northeast once and I don't even know much about it. I think taking those visits is going to be key to see where I fit in and see myself next four or five years.”
Haarberg has started building a bond with a pair of Nebraska’s offensive line commits. He was on a visit with Teddy Prochazka and Henry Lutovsky on the first day of spring practice in Lincoln.
“They are really fun guys,” Haarberg said. “It's awesome when I was there, I'm not used to feeling small but those guys certainly do it. You know they're both just huge guys, I mean I think they're awesome guys too.”
As of now, Nebraska entering the mix has not altered Haarberg decision timeline. He’s been looking at the end of June as a ballpark time to decide on a college. He doesn’t want to rush or feel pressured into deciding anything that he isn’t 100% comfortable with.
> > Haarberg also picked up an offer from NC State on Monday.
— Heinrich Haarberg (@HKHaarberg10) May 4, 2020
>> January visitor Danny Stutsman committed to Oklahoma on Monday. The Florida linebacker announced his intentions on Twitter.
— DannyStutsmanFB (@FbStutsman) May 4, 2020
>> Huskers linebacker commit Chris Paul posted a video of him getting a nice post-workout lift session in.
— Christopher “POOH” Paul Jr. (@PoohPaul4) May 4, 2020
>> Washington athlete Will Latu included the Huskers in his top 11 over the weekend.
Final 11: Gods plan 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/PSXvo3zU5U
— G-CHILD 👼🏽 (@therealvilliami) May 4, 2020
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>> Derek Peterson is exploring who should wear No. 0 for Nebraska in the 2020 season.
>> The Big Ten extended the suspension of team activities to June 1 on Monday.
>> Jay Moore is talking eating clean and removing chaos with Jason Peter on the latest Moore To It Podcast.
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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.