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Nebraska Recruiting: Huskers Will See Familiar Name in the Trenches for Sooners

September 16, 2021

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.


A junior college powerhouse is located an hour from Nebraska’s campus. Iowa Western Community College has become known for sending players to Division I schools. The Huskers are aware that the program has quality players that can help the Husker program.

Nebraska has picked up a handful of players from the school. A couple of kickers, a defensive back and a center have all joined the Huskers from Iowa Western. Each walked on at the school.

We assumed a pipeline would form when Scott Frost was hired at Nebraska. Even Iowa Western coach Scott Strohmeier thought things were heading that way back. He had this to say in 2018 during a radio appearance.

“I know that they’re evaluating our players and they’ve been here numerous times,” Strohmeier said. “So, they’re putting themselves in a great position. Everybody’s said from day one it makes sense.”

Perrion Winfrey was a highly-recruited defensive tackle out of Iowa Western. He was a name to know during the the 2020 recruiting class. He held 20 scholarship offers including Nebraska, Alabama, LSU and Oklahoma. He picked the Sooners early in the process over the summer before his final year at IWCC. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley was asked about the recruitment on Monday ahead of the game. It makes sense since Riley plucked Winfrey from up the road from the Huskers.

“Yeah, I tell you it was a fun recruitment. He’s a fun guy, energetic and a great family,” Riley said. “We certainly recruited him but he was pretty locked in on OU pretty quick. I really felt like he was going to come to OU early in the recruitment. Sometimes you get a feel for a guy. You feel good about your chances but he also makes 10 other schools feel good about their chances too. He wasn’t that guy. He was loyal the whole way through. When he said he was coming, he was done.

“We had great visits with him. I remember I went up and saw him I guess it would have been maybe in December. Just met him up there in the library of the school and everybody’s gone for Christmas break I think we were the only two people on the entire campus and it was colder than hell. That school has obviously been good to us.”

It remains to be seen if the Huskers can break through at Iowa Western. The Sooners have something going at the school. They signed defensive lineman Isaiah Coe in the last cycle.

Winfrey was slowed by an injury in camp but he is working his way back for the Sooners. He played in the first game and had some nice moments. In the Sooners second game of the season, he was more consistent and played at a higher level according to Riley.

The Huskers will have a chance to see Winfrey up close and personal on Saturday. He’s part of an athletic and talent front for the Sooners.

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>> The I-80 Preview podcast is back to look at the Oklahoma versus Nebraska game.

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