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Nebraska Recruiting: Kicker Charlie Weinrich Sees Opportunity With Huskers

November 14, 2021

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.


This season has been another rollercoaster for the Huskers when it comes to the kicking game. We’ve all seen the inconsistent results from specialists on the field. That has made things more difficult for the team to win. The margin of error is already small for coach Scott Frost’s team. Each miss in the kicking game has felt like an even bigger deal.

As the season has gone on we’ve seen Nebraska bring in more kickers for game day visits. The program realizes that it needs to be on the lookout for specialists. Help is needed to turn that phase of the game around. One kicker that visited for the Purdue matchup is Kansas City native Charlie Weinrich.

“It was awesome. It was my first time being in Lincoln for game day,” Weinrich said. “The last time I was in Lincoln it was to help my sister move in. It was just kind of dead because it was in the middle of COVID. I never really experienced a ton of people on campus. Just being there and seeing how many people were there was great. Plus, seeing how many people cared about what was going on was just incredible. I got to see that fan base with so much passion.”

Weinrich’s sister is a sophomore marketing major at Nebraska. She’s been a great resource for him to get tips on what campus life is like at Nebraska. She also has friends on the football team. She’s been able to introduce them to her brother to also help answer questions in the process. He and his sister have a close relationship so being at the same school is appealing to him.

The support of the fan base stood out to Weinrich during his trip to Nebraska. He noted that you aren’t going to walk into many places an see 90,000 fans gathered to cheer on the team. That passion was notable to him because the team has struggled this season. Some fans did recognize him too which was cool and they encouraged him to join the Huskers. Seeing the struggles at his position for Nebraska this season is an opportunity.

“I hate to see it because they just can’t seem to figure it out,” Weinrich said. “It’s an honor to be the guy that they called on to give that opportunity to if I make that decision to go to Nebraska. I’m the guy that they want to hopefully to turn all that field goal kicking around. So, I look at it as a great opportunity.”

Weinrich did pick up an offer from Nebraska as a preferred walk-on on that visit to Lincoln. He knows that there would be pressure coming into Lincoln. Being a freshman that could possibly fix the Huskers’ kicking woes is a big deal. He does believe he is ready for that if he ends up in Lincoln next season. Weinrich doesn’t have a timetable on that decision but he’s taking his time to make the right choice. There are several factors involved in his thinking.

“One of the one of the main things with me is life after football. How can I how can I be set up for a good life to take care of my future family with a good degree and a good school behind me,” Weinrich said. “When it comes to the football team everybody wants to play right away. I’m confident in my ability that wherever I go, I can compete right away for that starting spot. At Nebraska, it’s a great opportunity to be able to compete to start right away and it’s something that I’m definitely looking into.”

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