Before Nebraska (Aurora HS/Nebraska-Kearney)
Ian Boerkircher joined Nebraska as a walk-on after spending his freshman season as a tight end at Nebraska-Kearney. Boerkircher redshirted during his lone year as a Loper in 2018.
In high school, Boerkircher was a three-year letterwinner and honorable-mention all-conference performer for Aurora. He totaled 63 tackles with 3.0 sacks as a senior and was selected to play in the 2018 Nebraska Shrine Bowl. Aurora advanced to the state playoffs in each of Boerkircher's three seasons, finishing as the Class B runner-up his sophomore season.