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Greg’s Guys: Portal Intrigue Remains High for Huskers in 2022

January 04, 2022

The January 2022 edition of Greg’s Guys is here!

We are in that in-between time right now where the early signing period is behind us but we are still in the dead period. The dead period lifts on Jan. 14, and that is when players can begin taking official visits once again. That isn’t slowing down the transfer portal entries around the country. More and more players are entering the portal daily. Some players are snapping up spots quickly, too. Nebraska is still in the market for a handful of portal players. It hopes they can help make an impact for the team in the 2022 season.

Since the early signing period just happened the list is brand new. Each of the players featured last month signed with schools in December. There are a lot of new targets coming onto the Huskers’ board daily as players enter the transfer portal. I expect that to continue happening through the February signing period. This has been a recruiting cycle unlike any other and things may never be the same around the country.

The Greg’s Guys list is always fluid and that’s what makes it fun.

1) RB Tre’Vonte Citizen (Lake Charles, Louisiana)

Last rank: unranked

The Huskers have quickly made Citizen (6-0, 217) a priority. Going to see him at his high school was the first stop by wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph. He made sure to go there after he started hitting the pavement for the Huskers. The Husker coaches are working to get Nebraska in the mix with the high four-star running back. Citizen was committed to LSU and is from Louisiana. He does have a prior relationship with Joseph but can Nebraska get a visit? There is another key piece of the puzzle. How does Nebraska’s pending running back coach hire impacts this recruitment? If Nebraska gets another ace recruiter on staff that could help. Citizen has the talent to be a day-one starter at Nebraska so pursuing him is well worth it.

2) QB Chubba Purdy (Gilbert, Arizona)

Last rank: unranked

The redshirt freshman quarterback seems to be a top choice at quarterback for the Huskers this offseason. During the 2021 season Purdy appeared in one game. He played against UMass and was 5 for 5 for 98 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound signal-caller has upside long-term but hasn’t proven himself yet. Purdy dealt with a broken collarbone during his first season on campus. It happened during a preseason scrimmage. The injury resulted in multiple surgeries for Purdy. It contributed to stunting his growth during his first year on campus. Purdy has a relationship with offensive coordinator Mark Whipple. The coordinator recruited him during his time at Pittsburgh.

3) OL Tre’mond Shorts (Hampton, Georgia)

Last rank: unranked

Shorts (6-4, 310) was a three-year starter on the East Tennessee State offensive line. The redshirt junior was an All-American and all-conference player on the Bucs’ line. Shorts has received offers from Colorado, Purdue, Rutgers, LSU, Virginia and others. He is one of the better offensive line transfers on market and the Huskers need to keep loading up. The offensive line held the team back in 2021 and a repeat of that would not be good. Nebraska has already added a pair of offensive line transfers this offseason. The team is likely not done adding offensive linemen so we will see where things go with Shorts. He projects as an interior lineman.

4) DB Brandon Joseph (College Station, Texas)

Last rank: unranked

The news of Joseph entering the transfer portal came as a shock to Northwestern fans. Joseph (6-1, 195) was Northwestern’s first consensus All-America selection in 20 years as a redshirt freshman. That year he helped the team to a Big Ten West Division title and a No. 10 final ranking in 2020. He recorded six interceptions in nine games during the COVID-shortened season. He also chipped in 52 tackles. Joseph ranked third on the team with 80 tackles and recorded a team-high three interceptions this season. The Huskers may still be in need of another safety. Joseph would provide a calming force for the program. It’s unclear if the Huskers have contacted him at this point. It’s safe to assume the team would have interest but Joseph will have many suitors this offseason.

5) QB Casey Thompson (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

Last rank: unranked

Out of high school Thompson narrowed his options down to Texas and Oklahoma. His father, Charles, started at quarterback for the Sooners under Barry Switzer. He led the program to a 1987 Orange Bowl matchup against Miami. Casey ended up in Austin where he threw for 2,422 yards with 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions. The Huskers could need a veteran quarterback this offseason. Thompson would make a nice fit for the team. He has two years left of eligibility. He could pair nicely with a younger quarterback if the Huskers can land two in the portal. The only thing keeping him lower on the list right now is that he doesn’t have an offer from the Huskers yet.

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