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Nebraska Recruiting: OPS Return to Play a Major Storyline of High School Football

August 10, 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.


The summer is winding down. That means high school football is getting underway around the state. Practice is getting started across Nebraska this week. It’s an even more exciting time for the Omaha Public Schools that didn’t get to play in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Omaha North wide receiver Keshaun Williams thinks his team’s energy has been strong throughout the summer.

“The summer has been going well,” Williams said. “There has been a lot of regrouping I’d say from not having a season last year. We’ve been in the weight room a lot. We’ve been really going really hard. The team has done a couple of football camps here and there. Just trying to get back to the groove of playing football has been really good.”

Not getting to play last season fueled Omaha North during summer weights according to Williams. The whole team has been working hard to get bigger especially the defensive line. He’s also leading by example along with quarterback Jordan Williams.

For Omaha Central, the summer has gone by fast with a lot of hard work. Defensive end Larry Moreland said the team was locked in because they lost the season last year. Everyone was chomping at the bit to get things closer to normal.

“When COVID happened and everything shut down you can’t leave the house,” Moreland said. “Everybody had to find ways to do something. You just had to get it done. If it’s taking the milk jugs and lifting them up or lifting the couch just doing something trying to stay active. Do whatever you can.”

Playing this season is also bigger than the teams that get to compete this year. Another group will be in mind for Omaha Burke, according to star linebacker Devon Jackson.

“I feel our team is very motivated because we’re not just playing for ourselves,” Jackson said. “We’re playing for the seniors that didn’t get to play last year. We’re also showing that our program is one of the best programs in the state.”

Seven OPS schools didn’t get to play in 2020. Omaha Benson, Omaha Bryan, Omaha Burke, Omaha Central, Omaha North, Omaha Northwest and Omaha South all sat out. It’s safe to assume that Omaha Central coach Jay Landstrom sums up the mentality for all.

“Something we talked about with the team is you don’t take anything for granted,” Landstrom said. “We didn’t get to have a season and it’s time to play like we didn’t have a season with a chip on our shoulder and we got something to prove.”

Recruit Watch

>> Huskers offensive line target John Pastore committed to Kansas State on Monday evening.

>> Check out this nice back of the end zone grab by Nebraska 2023 wide receiver target Rico Flores Jr.

ICYMI

>> In the latest episode of the Straight Up Breakdown podcast Derek Peterson joins me and we discuss what is hopefully a new day in sports.

>> Healthy competition for the Husker defense is alive and well following the first scrimmage of fall camp.

>> The Big Ten announced the 2021 volleyball television schedule.

>> Offensive lineman Matt Sichterman is embracing a leadership role (Premium) for the team while battling for a spot.

>> Myles Farmer is making up for lost time (Premium) after and injury-shortened 2020 season.

>> Chemistry is at an all-time high (Premium) in defensive line room despite tough competition.

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