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Nebraska Football Recruiting

10 Area Seniors to Watch in High School Football in 2020

August 26, 2020

There will be football this fall in Nebraska. No, it won’t be the Huskers football but there will be high school football around the state. It starts in full this week and  we get some very good matchups right out of the gates.

As we turn our focus to the high school season, it is a great time to highlight some of the talent the state has to offer this year. Without Husker games, this fall could be a good time to get out to your local high school to check out Husker commits, targets and other top area players. 

Here’s a list of 10 seniors to watch during the 2020 season.

Defensive Back Koby Bretz‍ (Omaha Westside)

The latest defensive commitment for Nebraska will have a lot of eyes on him this fall. He’s still a fairly raw prospect only recently focusing full-time on football. We should see some good growth this season from an exciting prospect on a team with state title hopes.

Tight End James Carnie (Norris)

Carnie has worked himself into one of the more intriguing players in the entire state. He gained 32 pounds in the offseason and drastically improved his 40-yard-dash time. A lot more attention will be paid to Norris High this season. Carnie will have an opportunity to put his new weight and speed to use this season and the chance to show why he is rising up recruiting boards. 

Cornerback Avante Dickerson‍ (Omaha Westside)

Dickerson is another key cog in a Westside secondary that features two Big Ten commits. He’s committed to Minnesota, so Husker fans will still get a good look at him after this season. The speedy cornerback is the highest-rated player in the state. It’ll be interesting to see how many passes come his way and if he can make the most of limited opportunities.

Tight End Thomas Fidone‍ (Lewis Central)

Even though he doesn’t live in Nebraska, it’s hard to make a list like this without including Fidone. He’s just across the river in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and trains in Omaha at the Warren Academy. Fidone is the total package at tight end. Fans will come from all over to see why he is rated as one of the top 50 recruits in the nation.

Offensive Lineman Nolan Gorcyzca (Omaha Roncali)

If you are looking for an old-school offensive lineman, head over to Roncali this fall to check out Gorcyzca. The Buffalo commit stands at 6-6, 275 pounds and is a mauler on the line. With a solid senior season and consistent game tape he could garner more attention on the recruiting trail from Power 5 schools.

Quarterback Heinrich Haarberg‍ (Kearney Catholic)

The first in-state quarterback commit for the Huskers since 2003 is going to be a must-see player on Friday nights this fall. He has all the tools necessary to wow you on any play. Haarberg has great size, arm strength and speed. He also does a little bit of everything for his high school team. Chances are you’ll also catch him on defense and special teams in 2020. 

Offensive Lineman Cade Haberman (Omaha Westside)

The powerful lineman is the third Westside player to land on this list. The team is loaded with skill position players in 2020 but don’t forget about the trenches. The offensive line is led by Haberman who is committed to Northern Illinois. The Huskies have had more of a presence in Nebraska recently. They are getting a good one in Haberman.

Wide Receiver Keagan Johnson‍ (Bellevue West)

The Iowa commit is the top wide receiver in the state this season. He’ll be a threat to rack up the most all-purpose yards in the state this year. The only thing that could hold him back is the other talent that surrounds him. Johnson is a hard worker who no doubt got better in the offseason. He’ll be fun to watch after bursting onto the scene his junior year.

Offensive Lineman Teddy Prochazka‍ (Elkhorn South)

Prochazka has been committed to Nebraska since Sept. 28, 2019. It’s been so long that he can get overlooked in the class. He will not be overlooked this season as he looks to power his team on a state title run. The expectation for the big lineman is to dominate each Friday night and he has a good chance that. 

Tight End AJ Rollins (Creighton Prep)

Rollins has always had the raw physical tools that scouts look for in a prospect. At 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, his basketball background helps him to be a mismatch nightmare for opposing defenses. He’s in for a huge senior season if he can consistently put it all together. He’s the type of player that could make a huge jump in the rankings with a big-time season.

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