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Former Utah Offensive Lineman Tyler Knaak Transferring to Nebraska Following Visit

May 23, 2023

Nebraska’s gaining depth on the offensive line after dipping into the transfer portal. Tyler Knaak, a 6-foot-7, 320-pound who redshirted his freshman year at Utah last fall, announced his commitment to Nebraska on Tuesday afternoon. Knaak visited Nebraska on Monday and Tuesday.

The native Utahn found comfort and familiarity with offensive line coach Donovan Raiola. Raiola holds close ties to Utah and routinely recruits the area.

Knaak officially entered the transfer portal on April 27 and received offers from Appalachian State, Buffalo and Kentucky. He was a 3-star recruit out of Brighton High School in greater Salt Lake City, where he switched from the defensive line to offense before his senior season. He arrives in Lincoln with four years of eligibility.

He’s the third offensive lineman this new Nebraska coaching staff secured through the transfer portal. Former Arizona State center Ben Scott and former Georgia tackle Jacob Hood both transferred to Lincoln in time to compete during the spring season.

Knaak is the first transfer portal arrival to Nebraska in the spring window. In total, Nebraska has signed 12 through the transfer portal since the winter window—14 when including returning receivers Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda and Zavier Betts.

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