The Huskers clinched a quarter in the 2021 class, and there will be no need to get used to local codes.
Heinrich Haarberg of Kearney Catholic announced their commitment to the program on social media, choosing the Huskers within a week of receiving an offer from the current program. He gives Nebraska seven promises during the cycle.
Although the offer only came recently, the 6’5 ” quarterback with size 17 shoes was in constant communication with Nebraska employees, establishing a connection with Mario Verduzco and Scott Frost it weighed heavily even if his recruitment has accelerated from all corners in recent months. Vanderbilt and N.C. State were five-power programs that followed offers shortly after Nebraska officially entered the ring. Boston College was another notable offer on its sheet.
The Huskers were able to answer the questions – and there were questions for each part of the operation – and those answers made Haarberg feel comfortable enough to stop his recruitment.
“The engagement happened on Friday evening,” he said. “I have been talking to my parents for a while and have spoken with Coach Frost, Coach Verduzco and Coach Matt Lubick three or four times this week. I was trying to understand their plan for me, how they wanted to develop me and I really felt confident. Really since the first spring workout I attended, I knew and Nebraska was in the front row because I like the atmosphere and these coaches and it all happened on Friday.
“I didn’t want to set a schedule. I said it at the end of June, but I was going to wait until I felt comfortable, that it means like in this case a week or even October. I wanted to be comfortable in my decision. Now I did it. ”
Now that the engagement has arrived for Haarberg, he is thrilled to start dreaming of his new home in Lincoln and playing with guys like Henry Lutovsky, Teddy Prochazka and others who have already established strong relationships with him.
“There is a feeling of relief for me that I am at home,” he said. “I have these other commitments that we have already talked about a lot. They are already somehow my best friends. Half of them will protect me for the next four years. This is really a big problem for me. “
Of course, the truth is that the son of a former Husker backplane still seemed to have Big Red in mind. And his quick glow combined with his size made him the kind of guy the program was not about to overlook.
The only obstacle was that the Husker employees were optimistic Scott Frost might see him throw it in person. Then came the COVID-19 crisis, and that was not going to be possible. In the end, the Nebraska coaches trusted what they saw on tape with the offer in early May.
“I have a very good relationship with coach Verduzco and coach Frost,” Haarberg told Husker247 recently. “I text and probably call with coach Verduzco every day, or every other day. I sometimes speak with coach Frost. It’s really unique, because of his experience in central Nebraska, playing with the same teams that I currently play. I mean, he played Kearney Catholic when he was in high school. So it’s really cool. I think it’s a really unique relationship that I don’t think he can have with a lot of shifts. ”
Haarberg also stressed his belief in what Verduzco can teach regarding the position.
“He understands football and knows how to develop players. I am totally confident in his ability to grow, so let’s see how it goes, “said the prospect.
In the second year, Haarberg ran an 11.0 to 100 and had plans to break 10.8 this year, with a high jump of 6-7. “I think I could have done it. I probably gained 20 pounds. All his muscle really. I felt really fast this year. I was just hoping to get on the track and show it off. I might still be able to. We will see. “
Even if that did not happen, during a recent Elite 11 camp in Atlanta just before the coronavirus problems stopped, it displayed a laser time of 4.6 in the 40, as well as a vertical of 38 inches.
It got people’s attention. Haarberg continued to broadcast communications from the coaches even though he could not continue camping or visiting. His recruitment actually accelerated even as the world slowed down.
The Huskers also haven’t slowed QB recruiting at all, including a recent 2021 bid to stand out in two sports Riley Leonard (Fairhope, Alabama), who wanted to decide on a school by June.
With Noah Vedral having recently announced its intention to enter the transfer portal, the Huskers were reduced to three QB of scholarships in junior Adrian Martinez, freshman in red shirt Luke McCaffrey and real freshman Logan smothers.
Even with the new engagement, Nebraska is still not among the number in the room that Frost expressed that he would ideally like.
“Frosty would like to have five quarter-scholars, yes,” said Verduzco in March. “We hope to have a guy in 2021, and we feel we have a good group of guys that we are watching and we will see where that leads. “