Elkhorn South junior Maverick Noonan is getting closer to making official visits. One of the 11 Power Conference schools the 6-foot-4, 235-pound pass rusher has received an offer from is in line to host him for an official visit.
“I will officially visit Nebraska sometime in June, probably the same weekend as the in-state commits,” Noonan said.
Nebraska is in prime position to land the state’s premier pass rusher. Noonan, the son of former NU All-American (1986) Danny Noonan, hears from the Huskers often.
“I talk to at least one of their defensive coaches or (Erik) Chinander once a day,” he said.
It’s not a slam dunk that Noonan will commit to Nebraska despite the family connection.
“I don’t really care about that,” he said. “I want to make the decision that will be best for my future.”
Name, Image and Likeness has been the driver for a lot of recruits in the last year. It likely won’t affect Noonan’s decision.
“Nebraska talks to me alot about NIL and what they have going on there. It might weigh into my decision a little bit,” he said. “I don’t know what to think about it right now. I still want to go somewhere I will get developed and be able to play to the best of my ability.”
His recent offers include Vanderbilt and Stanford. Minnesota and Iowa offered last fall.
“I hope to make it to Iowa, Vanderbilt and at some point Minnesota for an unofficial visit in the next few months.”
Stanford recently made a trip to the Metro to visit with Noonan and Elkhorn South coach Guy Rosenberg.
“I really like them,” he said of Stanford. “They are a little different because they have the academic stuff you have to get done first. They meet with the admissions office first then go from there and see if I can even get in academically first. I’m also planning on graduating in December so that could affect things.”
Vanderbilt offered last week. He is just getting to know the Commodores.
“They are an SEC school and have really good academics,” he said. “Their defensive line coach (Jason Tarver) is coming to Omaha next week and I will learn more about them then.”
The proximity to Iowa City and their recent success producing NFL draft picks intrigues him.
“They produce pros and it’s not too far from home,” Noonan said of Iowa. “They always have players getting drafted. They don’t get five-star recruits and they develop them into pros.”
Minnesota’s recent success and culture are the pieces that interest Noonan.
“Their head coach (P.J. Fleck) seems cool and has a good mentality and culture,” he said. “I just feel like I need to get up there to learn more about them.”