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Nebraska Recruiting: Huskers Add New Additions to 2021 Walk-On Class

November 02, 2020

Recruiting never stops and it’s easy to miss the top stories day-to-day. Recruiting analyst Greg Smith recaps all things Nebraska recruiting news, analysis and more so you never miss a thing.


The Nebraska high school football season has moved into the post-season. This is the time of year we typically see the Huskers’ walk-on class start to grow. In fact, Nebraska picked up a pair of addition to its walk-on class over the weekend.

Creighton Prep defensive back AJ Collins was the first to announce that he was joining the team as a preferred walk on. Collins made his announcement on Saturday.

Collins is teammates with Nebraska scholarship tight end AJ Rollins at Creighton Prep. The Huskers are hoping a third teammate joins the fold as a walk-on commitment: Alex Bullock.

Weeping Water lineman Weston Reiman also announced his intention to join the walk-on class over the weekend. He shared the news on Twitter on Sunday evening.

Reiman currently plays on both lines in high school. I believe he’s projected to start his career in offensive line coach Greg Austin’s room in Lincoln. Collins and Reiman join Ashland-Greenwood running back Matthew Schuster and Ord kicker Kelen Meyer in the growing class for the 2021 cycle.

I’m curious how things go this cycle for building the walk-on class. The Huskers have been very aggressive in adding preferred walk-ons under Coach Scott Frost. He’s talked extensively about the importance of a healthy walk-on program at Nebraska. This year it might be trickier to pull off. We are getting to decision time for the players that Nebraska has offered walk-on opportunities to. Those players also will have to make decisions without attending the traditional HomeGrown Husker event that Nebraska holds each year. It is hard to get a gauge on roster management in 2020 because of the new eligibility rules.

Also with the Big Ten limits on COVID-19 testing, a larger roster may not matter as much for the time being.

The Huskers’ 2021 walk-on class currently sits at four members. It wouldn’t surprise me to see that number stay under 15. Everything that has happened in 2020 has had wide-reaching effects. We might also see an impact on one of Nebraska’s richest traditions for a year.

Recruit Watch

>> Priority outside linebacker for 2022 Caden Crawford had a great virtual visit with the Huskers.

>> Iowa 2022 tight end target Eli Raridon picked up a Big 12 offer on Monday.

>> Iowa 2022 linebacker target Jacob Imming released his junior season highlights.

ICYMI

>> After an unexpected week off Nebraska has turned its full attention to Northwestern.

>> As Derek Peterson writes, Husker coach Scott Frost can sense a chip on his team’s shoulder.

>> Let Jacob Padilla explain why Adrian Martinez and Luke McCaffrey’s relationship is key for Nebraska’s quarterback usage.

>> Check out the videos from Scott Frost’s and Husker player’s time with media on Monday.

>> Get ready for a wild, wild Big Ten West where anyone is vulnerable in 2020.

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