Previewing Week 9 for Nebraska's In-State Commits
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Previewing Week 9 for Nebraska’s In-State Commits

October 17, 2018

Friday night lights are back for Week 9.

The recruiting class of 2019 is a special group in Nebraska as many of the top in-state players will go on to play college football at the Division I level. Nebraska currently has verbal commitments from all five of the states’ top five players.

Throughout the fall, we'll chronicle what you need to know about each player and their season so far. 

Linebacker Nick Henrich‍‍

Omaha Burke Schedule  

Aug. 24 Lincoln Southeast (H) – 49-28 W
Aug. 31 Millard West (H) – 31-14 W
Sept. 7 Omaha Central (A) – 35-7 W
Sept. 14 Omaha North (A) – 41-24 W
Sept. 21 Elkhorn (H) – 52-7 W
Sept. 28 Gretna (A) – 43-26 W 
Oct. 4 Fremont (H) – 42-7 W
Oct. 12 Millard North (A) – 38-9 W 
Oct. 19 Papillion LaVista (H) – 42-13 W


What you need to know about Henrich

Nick Henrich represented a huge recruiting win for Nebraska when he announced that he was joining the 2019 class in July. Not only is he the best player in the state of Nebraska, but he is one of the best inside linebacker prospects in the country. It was especially important for the new staff to land him to show they meant business about keeping the best talent home. Henrich is an excellent prospect with good leadership qualities. 

Game to watch 

On Sept. 14, Burke faced Omaha North in one of the best rivalry games in the state. The games between these two schools are always highly competitive. Burke was looking for revenge as North won 29-28 last season in the playoffs, going on to win the Class A state title. 

Burke received that revenge, defeating the Vikings 41-24.

What to know this week

The Bulldogs remained undefeated last Friday night when they defeated Millard North 38-9. Henrich tallied 8 tackles, 1.5 TFLs, and a blocked punt in the game. The future Husker will lead his team on senior night against Papillion LaVista. 


Athlete Garrett Snodgrass‍‍ ‍

York Schedule

Aug. 24 Alliance (A) – 55-14 W
Aug. 31 Blair (H) – 50-28 W
Sept. 7 McCook (H) – 20-13 L
Sept. 14 Skutt Catholic (A) – 42-37 L
Sept. 21 Beatrice (A) – 51-7 W
Sept. 28 Hastings (H) – 42-21 W
Oct. 4 Northwest (A) -35-19 W
Oct. 12 Seward (A) – 42-40 W
Oct. 19 Crete (H) – 43-13 W


What you need to know about Snodgrass

Snodgrass is a do-everything player for his York team. He has potential at multiple positions but his ultimate college spot is unclear. Last season on defense he recorded 90 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, three pass breakups, one interception and blocked three field goal attempts.

Game to watch

Sept. 14 was a busy day for rematch games around the state. Last season, York beat Skutt Catholic 31-0 to win the Class B state title. This year, the Dukes had to travel to Omaha to take on Skyhawks.

York dropped the matchup with Skutt 42-37.

What to know this week

The Dukes kept their winning streak alive after beating Seward in an 42-40 thriller. Snodgrass got nicked up in the game against Northwest and was a game time decision. He only played offense in the first half but gutted it out and played both ways in the second half to lead his team to a close victory. This week the Dukes are home for senior night against Crete.


Defensive Lineman Ethan Piper‍‍

Norfolk Catholic Schedule

Aug. 24 Pierce (A) – 48-29 L
Aug. 31 David City Aquinas (H) – 31-7 W
Sept. 7 St. Paul (H) – 49-20 W
Sept. 14 BDS (A) – 49-14 W
Sept. 21 Crofton (H) – 49-9 W
Sept. 28 Hartington Cedar Catholic (A) – 54-20 W
Oct. 5 Battle Creek (H) -21-7 W
Oct. 12 Stanton (A) – 55-12 W
Oct. 19 Ponca (A) – 49-28 W


What you need to know about Piper

Piper is a good prospect who stars on both the offensive and defensive line for Norfolk Catholic. He projects as a defensive lineman right now for Nebraska. His quotes to me after he committed to Nebraska will make him an instant fan favorite. 

"It sounds cliché to say that it is every Nebraska kids' dream to wear the [scarlet] and white, but it is," Piper said in March. "I grew up idolizing [Ndamukong] Suh and had Blackshirt posters all over my room. In fact, to be honest, I still have one up. Our family never had season tickets but would scratch up enough money to go to at least one game every year. I'd sit next to old ladies who I [had] never met who would give me their leftover popcorn and we'd leave as friends. It's not just a game or a sport here in Nebraska but the lifeblood of so many.” 

Game to watch

The Knights will face five playoff teams from last season. Their toughest game is against Ponca on Oct. 19, which finished 2017 at 10-1. That game will be a tough road test late in the season before the state playoffs begin.  

What to know this week

The Knights took down an under-manned Stanton team this week 55-12. Stanton came into the season with a small roster and has lost seven players to season-ending injuries. Piper helped power the rushing attack for the Knights as the racked up 258 rushing yards in the first half. This week the Knights face a tough challenge from Ponca on the road.

Outside Linebacker Garrett Nelson‍‍

Scottsbluff Schedule

Aug. 24 North Platte (A) – 41-20 W
Aug. 31 Hastings (H) – 48-14 W
Sept. 7 Northwest (H) – 25-10 W
Sept. 14 Sterling (A) – 48-18 W
Sept. 21 Gering (H) – 62-6
Sept. 28 Sidney (H) – 53-3
Oct. 5 Lexington (A) 34-7 W
Oct. 12 Alliance (A) – 58-21 W
Oct. 19 McCook (H) – 23-13 W


What you need to know about Nelson

Nelson was the first player to commit to the class of 2019 for Nebraska. He did so back on June 24, 2017. Nelson is a Husker legacy as both of his parents are Nebraska alumni. His father, Chris Nelson, was an All-American wrestler for the Huskers in the early 1990s. His grandfather, Ken Parish, was the head football coach at Cozad during the 1960s and 1970s and has been a big part of Nelson’s life on and off the field. 

Game to watch

Last season, the Bearcats’ only regular season loss was to McCook in a nail-biter, 17-14 at home. This year Scottsbluff will look to avenge that loss when they face off against McCook on Oct. 19. 

What to know this week

The Bearcats went to 8-0 last Friday after beating Alliance, 58-21. Nelson had a solo tackle in another dominant defensive perofrmance for Scottsbluff. This week, the team is back home for a huge game against undefeated McCook who is coming off a 61-12 victory of their own.


Tight End Chris Hickman


Aaron Babcock
Omaha Burke tight end Chris Hickman during a visit to Nebraska last October.


What you need to know about Hickman

On September 15th, Hickman became the fifth and final player that Nebraska has offered in-state to verbally committed to Nebraska. The Huskers won a tough recruiting battle for him after quickly building a relationship with the versatile athlete.

What to know this week

The Bulldogs remained undefeated last Friday night when they defeated Millard North 38-9. Hickman had two catches for 25 yards and chipped in three tackles on defense. 



Game I’ll be attending this week:

This week, I’ll be back in Omaha again to check out Omaha Westside against Millard South. It should be a great matchup as Westside enters the game 8-0 while Millard South is 7-1. 2021 cornerback prospect Avante Dickerson is featured for Westside. 

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