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Meet the players who plan to don Husker red in the coming years.

High school

My school: Omaha Burke.

This week: The Bulldogs are ranked No. 1 in Class A with an 8-0 record going into Friday’s game against Papillion-La Vista. Henrich won’t play in the game because of a knee injury suffered in last week’s game. He has a team-high 92 tackles, including 18 for loss.

Position: Linebacker.

Rankings: Rivals.com ranks Henrich as a four-star prospect. He’s the No. 1-ranked player in the state according to Rivals, and the fifth-ranked outside linebacker nationally in the 2019 class.

Season highlight play: “Against Millard West I had a really nice tackle for a loss on a third-and-1 play. I was on a blitz and I just shot through the 'A' gap and I met the running back in the backfield and hit him hard. It was good.”

Other sports: Track (won’t compete this season because he’ll enroll at Nebraska in January.)

The college life

Projected position at NU: Linebacker.

My final schools: Nebraska and Wisconsin.

Date committed: July 21.

On his recruiter, inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud: “He’s just a really relatable guy. He’s from Nebraska, and a linebacker, just like me. I just think I can learn a lot from him.”

The moment I knew I wanted to be a Husker … : “The more I thought about it the more I knew it was the perfect place for me.”

If I wrote my recruiting profile

Height: 6-foot-4.

Weight: 215-pounds.

Mel Kiper would say: “Hardworking. Aggressive. A guy that will do whatever is best for the team.”

Quick hits

On the multiple visits coach Scott Frost made to visit Henrich at Omaha Burke: “He and Coach Rudd were there really often. It was chaos when (Frost) came. Everyone was trying to get pictures with him and stuff. It was really cool to get to know him.”

On his favorite high school opponent: “Whatever the best team is. I just like going up against whoever is the best. For the individual player I’d say Omaha North’s quarterback, (Houston Fogelstrom), because he has been my best friend growing up for a long time, so it’s always fun to play against him. We live in the same neighborhood and grew up together. He’s my guy.”

On when he began to think he could be a college football player: “I always believed in myself, but probably, I really believed I could when I started as a freshman on varsity. That was one of my goals for a long time.”

On the most interesting college offer he had: “Probably Texas A&M or Florida, one of those schools that are really far away. You’re like, 'How do they know me?'"

— Brent C. Wagner

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Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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