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Huskers Flip Louisiana Running Back Ajay Allen

February 02, 2022

The Huskers have added another running back to the mix.

Nebraska received some signing day good news when Louisiana running back Ajay Allen announced he was flipping to the Huskers. Allen (5-11, 185) was committed to TCU before. The back made his announcement during an Instagram Live.

Allen was one of very few remaining targets that we were tracking for the Huskers to close out this class. The Huskers got a boost in recruiting him when the team hired former TCU running backs coach Bryan Applewhite to the same position in Lincoln. Allen has a great relationship with Applewhite and committed to him previously.

The Louisiana native got a big in-home visit from the Huskers during the last week of the contact period. Coach Scott Frost, Applewhite and wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph all went in home. Sources say that visit put the Huskers over the top in this pursuit.

The Huskers are no strangers to adding running backs to the team this offseason. Minnesota native Emmett Johnson joining the class in December. Junior college back Anthony Grant has already committed and joined the team. The Huskers still have a verbal commitment from Texas A&M transfer Deondre Jackson. The earliest he could arrive in Lincoln is May.

The Huskers have struggled to get the running game going with running backs for years. Rahmir Johnson finished last season as Nebraska’s starting running back. He returns to school after tallying 495 yards and four touchdowns in 2021. Jaquez Yant and Markese Stepp also return. Gabe Ervin Jr. began the season as the starter before a knee injury ended his season early. He should be full-go by the summer.

Allen ran for more than 2,000 yards and 30-plus touchdowns in his senior season. He will join a crowded but unproven running back room with a new coach. Finding a player or two that can emerge at this position will be one of the top spring football storylines. Practices are slated to begin later this month.

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