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Nebraska Recruiting: Three Thoughts on Nebraska Adding Defensive Lineman Devin Drew

May 03, 2022

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 Huskers took a step toward strengthening their defensive line on Tuesday. That’s when Texas Tech transfer defensive lineman Devin Drew (6-2, 280) announced he’s joining the team. He made his announcement on Twitter with a commitment video made by Nebraska.

Drew was familiar with the Huskers being from the Kansas City area. The Huskers hosted Drew for an official visit during the April 23rd weekend. The lineman has one year left of college football eligibility.

Here are my thoughts on the commitment.

Big position of need

The Huskers’ two biggest needs this spring are pass rush and interior defensive line. The team addressed both in the last few days. Landing Ochaun Mathis was just one piece of the puzzle this offseason to re-tool the front seven. The pursuit of Mathis garnered most of the headlines. The need for help along the defense line was just as important. The loss of Casey Rogers created an even bigger hole up front for the team. The Huskers play in a conference where teams are ommitted to running the football and are very good at it. Big bodies inside are needed and the Huskers got one with Drew.

Portal flipping roster

The Huskers have shown a good ability to use the transfer portal to help flip the roster. The team is up to 12 transfer portal players this offseason after Drew announced his commitment. The search for “more immediate impact” type players has been happening since last season for coach Scott Frost. The team lost a lot and needed immediate help to get closer to bowl eligibility in the 2022 season. Credit to Nebraska for using the portal to its advantage. It’s not an easy thing to bring in this many players to help plug holes.

Experience boost

The addition of Drew gives the Huskers a much-needed experience boost. He signed with Iowa Western out of high school where he was a NJCAA All-American at defensive tackle. Then he went to Texas Tech where he worked himself into the rotation. He posted 21 tackles as a junior and 34 as a senior becoming a part-time starter. Outside of Ty Robinson, the Huskers don’t have much experience up front. Landing a player that has years of Power Five football experience is a big help to the team.

What’s next for Nebraska? The commitment of Drew helps boost the depth of the defensive line. The team isn’t likely to be done adding players up front. With Drew in the fold the team can be a little patient and keep setting up official visits for May and June. We’ll have a good handle the final players to enter the transfer portal soon since the May 1 deadline has passed.

I’d look for at least one more defensive lineman to be added to the team.

Recruit Watch

>> Minnesota 2023 defensive end target Martin Owusu committed to the Gophers on Monday.

>> Kansas 2024 wide receiver Keelan Smith will be camping at Nebraska this summer.

>> Nebraska offered Texas 2023 linebacker Dylan Rogers while recruiting the state on Monday.

ICYMI

>> In the latest episode of the Straight Up Breakdown podcast I caught up with Emory Hunt to get his thoughts on the NFL Draft and Cameron Jurgens.

>> Steve Marik is looking at the defensive backs in his re-scoring the Huskers series.

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