Nick Henrich

Nick Henrich had more than 50 tackles for loss during his final two seasons in high school.

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Nick Henrich

6-4, 210, LB

Omaha Burke

247Sports composite: 4 stars (No. 141 nationally)

Rivals: 4 stars (No. 119)

ESPN: 4 stars (No. 294)

Other key offers: Wisconsin, Iowa, Notre Dame, Penn State, Oregon

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How he got here: Not without some significant recruiting work on Nebraska’s part. Nick grew up an Iowa fan because his dad, Mike, played tennis for the Hawkeyes. There was also a real fondness for Notre Dame. NU made its big move for Henrich once the Husker staff switched and former NU linebacker Barrett Ruud took the inside linebackers job. A local guy sold Henrich — along with other in-state recruits — on the program’s future. Henrich had offers from just about every major program but chose to stick with Nebraska. He helped Burke win its first Class A state title this season. He also had a combined 51 tackles for loss in his last two seasons. Henrich is one of the best players to come out of Omaha in a long time.

Our take: Only a knee injury slowed Henrich’s wrecking-ball act on the field. Perhaps because of his height, Henrich is unusually good at diagnosing offensive plays and reacting quickly. He plays fast and hits hard once he arrives at the ball carrier. Henrich may need a year in the weight room to bulk up, but he has multiyear starter written all over him.

They said it: “He’s just unmatched. He plays the linebacker position unlike anybody I’ve seen ever play it in high school. Fast. Aggressive. He has a great nose for the ball. Very savvy — makes others better. And he hits like a truck. First time he had pads on as a freshman — first play, he made the play.” — Burke coach Paul Limongi

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