Nebraska hosted its first Junior Day on Saturday for 2020 prospects, as well as some 2021 and 2022 recruits. Junior Day is a great opportunity for new prospects to get a feel for campus and the coaching staff. One of those prospects was defensive end/outside linebacker Noah Arinze from Webster Groves High School (just outside of St. Louis).
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The senior-to-be stands at 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds and has a lot of potential as the Huskers evaluate the next group of hybrid outside linebackers. I caught up with him on the way back home to get his thoughts on the trip.
Here is the full Q&A:
What did you know about Nebraska before the trip?
“I knew it was a good football program and they have some good coaches there.”
What were your overall impressions of Junior Day?
“Nebraska’s a good school. I like the coaching staff and the way they treat their players. They have a good marketing program and that’s what I want to major in. I like that, too.”
Which coaches have you been in most contact with since you’ve been talking to Nebraska?
“I’d say Coach [Scott] Frost and [outside linebackers] coach [Jovan] Dewitt. They are two real good coaches. They keep it real with you and I like that.”
What did you get to do while you were in Lincoln?
“We ate lunch there. Then we talked about their defensive program and what I’d be playing there. I went on a school tour and then I took pictures with the uniforms. We talked about me playing outside linebacker.”
What position do you play now in high school?
“I mostly play defensive and some tackle. I think outside linebacker would be a good fit for me though. I’m a versatile player. I like hitting the quarterback.”
What other schools are you talking to right now?
“Ball State, Memphis, Missouri State, Wyoming, Kentucky, Kansas. Ball State offered me.”
What are some things you are looking for in a future school?
“A good coaching staff. Plus, a good football program that can help me get better as a player and as a person. Just a good overall school.”
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.