Lincoln Southwest senior Nick Leader is a key piece to the stout Silver Hawk defense with 14 tackles for loss through seven games.
Nebraska hopes the 6-foot-2, 210-pound athlete will also be a key piece to its 2019 walk-on class.
Leader is a Husker legacy. His father, David, is from Bloomfield, walked on with the Huskers and lettered in 1991 and 1992.
The Huskers are recruiting Nick Leader as a defensive end or outside linebacker.
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“I love playing defensive line because that is what my dad played when he was at Nebraska,” Leader said. “He helps me a lot because he has played the position.”
Leader will have to decide whether he wants to walk on at Nebraska or accept a scholarship at a lower division. He has scholarship offers from Division II programs Missouri Western State, Bemidji State and Sioux Falls. FCS school Cornell has also shown interest.
“I visited UNK last weekend, Missouri Western State two weeks ago and am planning on visiting Northwest Missouri State this weekend,” Leader said. “I will probably visit Sioux Falls again and Nebraska for game days if they invite me back.”
Leader attended Nebraska’s junior day in the spring and has attended several Husker home games this season.
“I am looking for the best football culture and atmosphere around the football program,” Leader said. “I am undecided on a major but the level at which the academics are will be important in my decision also.”
Southwest (6-1) has two tough tasks remaining on its schedule. The Silver Hawks travel to Grand Island on Friday and finish the regular season against city rival Lincoln High.
Tight end Chris Hickman, Omaha Burke