The Nebraska coaching staff has been busy recently as there have been a lot of offers going out during the evaluation period. A lot of those offers have been to underclassmen as the Huskers continue to set their 2020 recruiting board.
However, there have been some interesting 2019 prospects that have popped up on the radar. When a defensive tackle with the size (6-3, 315) of Sio Nofoagatoto'a from Clearwater Academy in Florida reports an offer from Nebraska, it makes you pay attention.
Thankful and excited to receive an offer from the University of Nebraska @BarrettRuud @HuskerFBNation #GBR pic.twitter.com/28kHF1RElB
— NOFOAGATOTOA🌴 (@sio_nofo) May 7, 2018
Nofoagatoto’a tells me that he’s been in contact with the staff for about a month now and it was Barrett Rudd who made the call with the scholarship offer. When asked about his prior knowledge of Nebraska, he isn’t well-versed yet but he is plenty familiar with the staff.
“I didn’t know much but Coach Ruud has been taking to me a lot”, Nofoagatoto’a said. “I’m impressed with the great history of Nebraska also just seeing what Coach Frost and his staff did at UCF. I know Coach Frost and his staff are destined for big things.”
The defender from the Sunshine State says he is “definitely” open to continuing to build a relationship with the staff. He would like to visit Lincoln in the summer but will have to see if his schedule allows it. Nofoagatoto’a holds 13 offers and tells me that Indiana, FIU, Virginia, Boston College and a few others are recruiting him the hardest.
As a junior last season, Nofoagatoto’a had 40 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks. When it comes to preference for style of defense he plays in college, he says that doesn’t matter as much. He has a different idea of what is more important than style of defense.
“Right now, I don’t really have a preference as long as I feel confident in the coaching staff and I know that they’re placing me in the best fit for me to succeed.”
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.