Bellevue West star Jeff Souder is one of three Nebraska preps in the Huskers’ 2005 recruiting class, and one of two Nebraska signees from the city of Bellevue, joining Robert Rands of Bellevue East High School.
Souder had an outstanding senior year, helping the Thunderbirds and Coach John Faiman to a perfect 9-0 regular season, before a loss to Millard North in the Class A state quarterfinals. Souder was the honorary captain of the Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska defense and also earned all-state honors from the Lincoln Journal Star after a standout season in the Bellevue West secondary.
Souder made 129 tackles from his safety position, including nine sacks, and also had two interceptions, a blocked kick and two fumble recoveries. Souder was also a weapon in the T-Birds’ high-powered offense, rushing for 1,319 yards and 21 touchdowns from his I-back position, including 196 yards and three touchdowns in a come-from-behind 52-49 victory over Omaha Westside to cap a perfect regular season. Souder also excelled defensively as a junior, racking up approximately 150 tackles.
Souder was ranked as the No. 5 prospect in the state of Nebraska by Rivals.com. Souder only visited Nebraska, but received strong recruiting interest from numerous schools, including Iowa, Kansas and Iowa State.
Souder is the son of Mike and Dena Souder and was born on Feb. 21, 1987.