Elkhorn South sophomore Maverick Noonan’s recruitment got a jump start Wednesday evening.
The 6-foot-5, 210-pound defensive end announced via twitter an offer from Nebraska just after 4 p.m.
“I was kind of surprised to be honest,” Noonan said of the offer. “I was mostly excited that I was able to get an offer from them.”
Per NCAA rules college programs aren’t allowed to directly contact prospect prior to their junior year. Noonan thought something good might happen when Elkhorn South coach Guy Rosenberg told him NU inside linebacker coach Barrett Ruud wanted him to call as soon as possible.
“Coach Rosenberg came up to me in study hall and said that coach Ruud wanted to talk to me,” Noonan said. “So when I got home I called him and he offered me.”
Ruud responsible for recruiting the state, has had success since arriving at Nebraska. Particularly Elkhorn South. NU signed Storm senior offensive lineman Teddy Prochazka Wednesday.
Noonan’s 6-5 frame, every play effort and ability to be a disrupter in the backfield is certainly intriguing.
“He (Ruud) said the coaches like my film,” he said. “They like how I use my hands, play hard all the time and am a natural pass rusher.”
Noonan’s father, Danny was an All-American defensive lineman at Nebraska in 1986. He would parlay that into the No. 12 overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1987 draft.
“He knows a lot of the guys down there (Nebraska) and used to be a strength coach down there,” Maverick said. “I always would go to the stadium and watch practices and behind the scenes stuff as a little kid. Getting offered by the school I grew up around is pretty cool.”
Noonan is the second 2023 in-state prospect Nebraska has offered this week. Lincoln Southeast defensive lineman/linebacker Teitum Tuioti, son of NU defensive line coach Tony on Monday.