Grand Island Central Catholic senior Jacob Herbek has been invited by the coaching staff to a few Nebraska football games this fall, but he wasn't expecting the preferred walk-on offer he received last month.
"I was very surprised and honored to get the walk-on offer from Nebraska," said Herbek, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound defensive end/tight end. "I have been impressed by everything I have seen from Nebraska."
Herbek holds scholarship offers from Division II schools Minnesota State Mankato, Minnesota State Moorhead, Southwest Minnesota State and Augustana. FCS schools South Dakota State, South Dakota and Drake have shown strong interest, as have Division II schools UNK and Northwest Missouri State.
Despite missing two games this season, the two-way player had 24 receptions for 436 yards and two touchdowns as a tight end. As a defensive lineman he had 72 total tackles, 23 tackles for loss, five sacks and two fumble recoveries.
He is being recruited for both offense and defense.
"It depends on the place," Herbek said. "The Division II places are letting me decide on if I want to play tight end or defensive end. Nebraska sees me as a tight end, and South Dakota State has been recruiting me as a defensive end."
Herbek has been to South Dakota State three times this year — once in the spring, once in the summer and a game-day visit this fall.
He doesn't have any specific visits planned but said he'll probably attend a game this weekend at an undecided school.
He plans to wait on making a decision until after he takes official visits.
"I'm going to take some official visits in December and will sign on the February signing day," Herbek said.
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