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Nebraska Recruiting: Three Under The Radar 2021 Husker Signees

December 22, 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 dust is settled on the early signing period. The Huskers were able to nab signatures from 19 high school prospects to kick off the early signing period for the 2021 recruiting class. The work isn’t over yet considering Nebraska is still hoping to add a handful of players to the class.

Still most of the work is done for the Huskers for this class. Let’s take a look at a few players flying under-the-radar who have signed to be Huskers.

Linebacker Seth Malcom

It’s easy to overlook him in the recruiting class because he plays 8-man football. He certainly displayed the traits that made him a player Nebraska went after early. When I saw him play in person this season, I was very impressed by him at linebacker.

He’s 6-foot-4, 210 pounds and is very quick once he reads plays. It will be a change for him stepping up to Big Ten football but that is to be expected. Following his development will be interesting once he gets with Zach Duval for a season or two.

Offensive Lineman Branson Yager

The Huskers don’t dip into Utah for prospects often. Yager is already pretty unique in joining Nebraska’s team. Standing at 6-foot-7, 330-pounds he is a large lump of clay for offensive line coach Greg Austin to work with. There is plenty there for Duval to work with as Yager gets ready for an opportunity in a couple years. Yager is the first Power 5 player to ever come from his high school which is a source of pride for the Utah native.

Tight End AJ Rollins

Nebraska took three tight ends in this recruiting class. Thomas Fidone is one of the best players in the country regardless of position. James Carnie became a tremendous story during the course of this recruiting cycle based on his hard work and growth. It’s easy to see how the Creighton Prep pass catcher can get lost in the shuffle. Athletically he has everything you look for to play the position. He’s got good size (6-6, 220), speed and is a good blocker. His stats don’t wow you from high school but he could be a real gem if he unlocks his potential.

Recruit Watch

>> The Huskers were the first to offer 2022 defensive back Jahsiah Galvan a scholarship on Monday night.

>> The younger brother of 2021 signee Marques Buford, Mario, picked up a cool honor this week.

>> Adon Shuler, a 2023 athlete from New Jersey, picked up an offer from the Huskers. He attends the same high school as recent signee Mikai Gbayor.

ICYMI

>> I looked into the top positions Nebraska could explore (Premium) in the transfer portal.

>> The latest episode of the Straight Up Breakdown podcast is here to begin discussing big offseason questions for Nebraska.

>> Jacob Padilla has your Big Ten opener preview as the Huskers take on the veteran Badgers.

>> The last Moore To It podcast of 2020 is here to look ahead to the future.

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