Cade Haberman started at left tackle as a freshman. Fast forward two years and the Omaha Westside junior now has his first Division I scholarship offer.
"It was an awesome surprise," Haberman said of his recent offer from South Dakota State. "I thought I was just going on a visit, but then they offered."
The Jackrabbits offered the 6-foot-3, 260-pound lineman prior to their game with Drake on Sept. 14.
"Every coach on the field congratulated me on the offer, and obviously the atmosphere is great there and the facilities are beautiful," Haberman said. "It was an amazing feeling and a lot of stress and relief just lifted."
South Dakota State isn't the only school interested in Haberman. Nevada offensive line coach Angus McClure, an assistant at Nebraska under Bill Callahan, is in regular communication. Iowa and Iowa State are also interested. He took a game-day visit to Iowa State on Sept. 21.
"I went there this summer and it is an awesome place," Haberman said of Iowa State. "They have awesome fans and the facilities are beautiful. They are getting all new renovations and Iowa State is such a fun team to watch play."
He plans on taking a game-day visit to Iowa on Oct. 12 when the Hawkeyes play Penn State. He's also hoping to get to North Dakota State and South Dakota later this fall.
"At Westside everything is a brotherhood and a family," Haberman said. "When I go on visits I am looking for that family aspect and a good culture in the locker room."
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Haberman also wrestles for Westside. He qualified for state as a freshman and finished runner-up in Class A heavyweight as a sophomore.
"Wrestling is my second passion," Haberman said, "so I am always working on getting better at that."
In football, Haberman began playing more offensive guard as a sophomore in addition to some tackle while also rotating in on defense. That's also been the case this season, and his versatility has helped him be recruited as both an offensive and defensive lineman.
"When I went to camps in the summer I went as an interior defensive lineman," Haberman said. "I don't care where I play. I will play anywhere they need me."
And he's continuing to find ways to improve.
"The goal is always to get bigger, faster, stronger," Habermain said. "I hit the weight room hard, and the records at Westside aren't broken, so there is always room for improvement. Speed and agility is something I'm working on to get those numbers better."
Photos: Division I basketball and football recruits in Nebraska for the 2020 class
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