Before Nebraska (Washington HS)
Ben Lingenfelter was a Des Moines Register first-team All-Iowa performer in 2016, playing for Coach Travis Schipper at Washington High School. His position coach was former NFL offensive lineman Adam Timmerman. Lingenfelter helped Washington High to a playoff appearance in 2015, and finished with 280 career tackles and 18.5 career sacks.Lingenfelter played in six games as a junior, recording 30 solo tackles, including three for a loss. He also had three sacks on the season and one fumble recovery.
Lingenfelter spent his freshman and sophomore years at Neligh-Oakdale High School in Neligh, Neb. He played in 10 games as a sophomore, posting 86 total tackles, including 28 solo tackles and one sack. In nine games as a freshman, Lingenfelter made 61 tackles, including 36 solo stops.
He was a member of Washington’s speech team which won state his junior year, and was an academic all-state selection with a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average. Lingenfelter also competed in basketball and track. He earned honorable-mention all-state honors in basketball and placed fourth in the discus at the 2016 state track meet.
Lingenfelter has strong Husker ties, as his brother, Luke (2011), cousin, Newton (2005), and uncle, Bob (1974-76), all played football for Nebraska. He is the son of Burt and Kim Lingenfelter, and was born on Jan. 6, 1999. Lingenfelter had scholarship offers to South Dakota, Northern Iowa and Tulane, as well as a walk-on offer at Stanford.