The Huskers have added another tight end to the 2021 recruiting class.
Creighton Prep 3-star (HV Rating: 85.3) tight end AJ Rollins committed to Nebraska on Friday. Rollins is the third recruit to commit to Nebraska this week, joining Koby Bretz and Thomas Fidone. He announced his decision on social media.
— Aj Rollins (@AjRollins__) August 28, 2020
The Huskers have long coveted Rollins who burst on the scene at one of their camps a couple summers ago. He’s held an offer from Nebraska since June 4, 2019. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound pass-catching tight end wowed the Huskers then with his athleticism. And it’s that athleticism that his high school coach, Tim Johnk, says stands out about him.
Still, the increased attention to strength training has separated Rollins from the pack.
“I think his measurables are unbelievable in terms of his size, his length and his athleticism,” Johnk said. “Plus, the way he catches the ball. Those are all things that people loved about him for a long time. Now he's done a great job of making himself look like a Big Ten or Power Five type football player with strength and conditioning. Those are the things that he's most focused on the last six to eight months. That has really kind of separated him. He's a fantastic player and he's been a great leader for us. I think he's going to have a great year and he's going to be the focal point of a lot of things that we do.”
Rollins is now the fourth Nebraskan in the recruiting class. He joins defensive back Koby Bretz, lineman Teddy Prochazka and quarterback Heinrich Haarberg. It’s also noteworthy that recent tight end commit Thomas Fidone is from just across the border in Iowa, as is linebacker Seth Malcom.
Nebraska now has a pair of local tight ends in the class that will pose mismatch problems for Big Ten defenses. Rollins chose Nebraska over Missouri, Iowa State and UCF. He’s the 17th known commitment for the Huskers in a class that is pretty close to being wrapped up.
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.