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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.
— Anthony (AJ) Collins (@acollins6_) October 31, 2020
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.
— Weston Reiman (@weston_reiman) November 1, 2020
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.
— Kenny Wilhite (@coachwilhite) November 2, 2020
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.
>> Priority outside linebacker for 2022 Caden Crawford had a great virtual visit with the Huskers.
— Caden Crawford (@CadenCrawford0) November 2, 2020
>> Iowa 2022 tight end target Eli Raridon picked up a Big 12 offer on Monday.
— Eli Raridon (@EliRaridon) November 2, 2020
>> Iowa 2022 linebacker target Jacob Imming released his junior season highlights.
Check out my highlight – https://t.co/NztlXBNpUF
— jacob imming (@ImmingJacob) November 2, 2020
>> 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.
>> Get ready for a wild, wild Big Ten West where anyone is vulnerable in 2020.
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.