Iowa continued building a bond with Class of 2019 linebacker Nick Henrich this weekend. The Omaha (NE) Burke linebacker returned to town to watch the Hawkeyes post a 45-16 homecoming win against Illinois on Saturday.
“It was a great visit, very organized,” Henrich said.
Iowa offered Henrich a scholarship in May. Iowa State and Minnesota were in before the Hawkeyes, and Nebraska and Kentucky have stepped forward after them.
Mike Henrich, Nick’s father, played tennis for the Hawkeyes. He prepped at Missouri Valley High and reached the Class 1A state final match in singles during the 1982 season. Nick spoke with HN about that dynamic after he was offered by Iowa.
Saturday’s visit was a chance for the Henrich family to continue getting comfortable with the Iowa staff. It received the full tour of facilities again, and spent time with assistants Seth Wallace, Kelvin Bell and Tyler Barnes.
“It was a good conversation. We talked about how the season was going and some other stuff,” Nick said.
Henrich focused on his side of the ball during the game.
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“Iowa’s defense always plays hard. I love watching how Josey Jewell plays. I think I’d be a good fit because my style of play is similar to theirs,” he said.
Henrich said he’s taking his time with the recruiting process.
“I’m going to make sure I make the right decision,” he said.
Henrich has visits planned to Iowa State and Minnesota. There could be more.
For now, he’s concentrating on his season and sifting through schools interested in him. Despite his Hawkeye allegiance, Mike Henrich is letting is son lead the way.
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“He’s handling it great,” Nick said. “He’s super open to all schools and wants me to go wherever is the best fit for me, regardless of where that is.”
Here’s a look at Henrich’s midseason highlights: