Garrett Snodgrass was already living out a dream years in the making on Monday night.
He had just rushed for 209 yards and two touchdowns to help lift Class B York to a 31-0 state championship victory over Omaha Skutt. The junior celebrated with his teammates and wrapped up a television interview on the Memorial Stadium turf when his dad, Dukes head coach Glen, found him and delivered news he had been sitting on anxiously for hours.
Mike Riley called. He wants you to play football for the Huskers.
"(Riley) called early in the afternoon and told me about it, so I knew about it all day," Glen told the Journal Star on Tuesday. "I didn't want to tell Garrett before the game because I wanted him focused on the game. It was actually pretty difficult not to tell anybody. I told my wife, but other than that, nobody else knew."
Not many kids get to find out that the very field they're standing on — surrounded by 90,000 seats — could be home for a college career and have it happen moments after winning a championship.
"I couldn't think of any other possible way that could have gone any better," Garrett said. "It was perfect."
Said Glen, "To win the state title and to have Garrett get that offer all in the same day, I don't know, I can't imagine things being much better than that. For me, personally, that was pretty awesome. … I kind of had an alone moment with him on the field and he was pretty excited."
Now, he's got the opportunity to play several more years in the stadium, if he so chooses.
"I thought about it a little bit during pregame, just about how maybe someday he will be out there playing again for Nebraska, possibly," Glen said.
No surprise, Garrett hasn't had much of a chance to catch his breath since the game ended.
"My phone's been going crazy all day," he said. "I'm blessed with a lot of people that support me and they've all been wishing me congratulations and stuff. It's special to be able to talk to them about reaching some of my goals and winning a state title and getting some attention from Nebraska, which has obviously been very special to me. Just to share that success with them is great."
Snodgrass received the fourth known in-state scholarship offer extended by the Huskers. Others include Scottsbluff verbal commitment Garrett Nelson and Omaha Burke standouts Nick Henrich and Chris Hickman.
From a coaching perspective, Glen knows why the Huskers want his son to play for them.
"For one thing, he's got a ton of intangibles as far as being a 4.0 student, having a great work ethic and just being a good kid and a good leader," he said. "I just would assume his play has spoken for itself, too, throughout the year. He's exceeded my expectations this season and obviously Nebraska liked what they saw. They haven't said anything about position yet — I would assume maybe H-back, but I don't know what they'll go with there."
Garrett doesn't mind. Wherever he goes, he says, he'll play whatever's needed.
York also has a 2018 verbal commitment to NU in defensive lineman Masry Mapieu. Needless to say, the tenuous nature of Riley and his staff's tenure in Lincoln isn't news to the Snodgrasses or Mapieu.
"First of all, I am a big Mike Riley fan and I always have been," Glen said. "I think he's a great coach and I sure hope he's here to coach Garrett if Garrett goes to Nebraska. There is uncertainty there, obviously. Garrett and I have already talked about it and I talked about it with Masry. … We'll just have to wait and see how the higher-ups decided to go forward whenever they make that decision. It'll be easier for Garrett to make that decision once that decision is made."