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The first commitment of the 2021 class for the Huskers was a bit of a surprise. There are other players in that cycle that most fans would have pegged as being the one to start the class off. RJ Sorensen, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was the one to join the class on Sunday.
“The fan base is one of the best in the country,” Sorensen told Hail Varsity on Monday. “I’ve really seen how much they love the program over the past two months. Coach [Scott] Frost and his coaches are top notch and know how to come in and rebuild a program. Nebraska will be a place that is competing for championships.”
Over the next couple of recruiting cycles, we might be talking a lot about Nebraska’s Big Red BBQ in June. Sorensen made the trip and left impressed with what he found in Lincoln. He also had a really good time at the event. The chance to meet the coaches and start to build relationships was key in his recruitment. Sorensen was also able to meet the other commits and targets in attendance.
Sorensen and his family do have Nebraska ties. His grandfather was born and raised in Nebraska and still lives in Omaha. His dad was born there too. It is no surprise how his family reacted to the news of his commitment to the Huskers.
“My grandpa was really happy since he’s been a Nebraska fan his whole life,” he said. “My mom and dad were happy as well.”
Because of the Huskers’ group approach in recruiting, Sorensen had many points of contact on the coaching staff. That allowed him to build relationships with more than just his future position coach.
“Our relationship is already good,” Sorensen said of his relationship with defensive line coach Tony Tuioti. “I’m looking forward to building an even better one. Coach [Jovan] Dewitt, who takes care of South Florida, played a big role in my recruiting as well.”
Sorensen does have a date planned for his return trip to Lincoln this fall. He plans to be in Lincoln on Sept. 28 for the big matchup with Ohio State.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.