With offers from Iowa State and Virginia in hand, Valley high school quarterback Rocky Lombardi (2017 class) visited Nebraska when the Huskers took on Wisconsin.
“I liked it a lot there,” said Lombardi. “The college atmosphere is crazy. It’s definitely the best I have seen. The sellouts are cool, the fans are passionate, it’s just really crazy. I think it would be fun to be part of something like that.”
Lombardi has also visited Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan State, Iowa and Iowa State this season.
“Compared to other schools, I would say it’s been a little bit of interest,” said Lombardi, when asked to compare Nebraska’s interest to others. “I also got invited to the BYU game. I have gotten game invites, but other than that, I wouldn’t say I have been highly recruited by them compared to others.”
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound prospect is already a three-star prospect on Scout.com and leads a Tiger squad that is 7-2 heading into the playoffs and ranked No. 3 overall in Class 4A in the state of Iowa.
“I think one of my strengths is my pocket presence,” said Lombardi. “I would say that I’m not a running back playing quarterback. I’m not going to get on the line and run a 4.5, but fast enough to get it done and avoid defensive lineman.
“I feel like I have done very well. I feel like I have improved over last year. In just little things, like turnovers and completion percentage. I feel like I have become a lot better player.”
Lombardi is a teammate of Nebraska four-star commit John Raridon.
“John is very passionate about Nebraska and I can see why after this visit,” said the junior quarterback. “Once I got a game invite to BYU, he’s been trying to drag me along for some more.”
Lombardi said his Iowa State offer came out of nowhere, although he knew he performed well at the Cyclones’ summer camp. Virginia followed a week later.
As far as more offers on the horizon?
“It’s hard to tell,” said Lombardi, who also talked about what he’s looking for in a school. “First I obviously want something strong when it comes to academics. I’m going to want to go somewhere they have a major I’m interested in.
“Second, where do I fit in and feel comfortable? It sounds simple, but if you are going to spend four years of your life there, you are going to have to be comfortable with the staff, campus, and team. I also need a place where I can fit into the offense. I’m looking for a pro-style attack somewhere. I’m not a guy who is an Oregon quarterback.”
Lombardi and Valley take on Ames in a first-round Class 4A state matchup this Wednesday.*** Make sure to check out Big Red Report in the coming days for game film of Lombardi from our recent trip to West Des Moines. ***