This is Matt Rhule’s transfer portal debut. He most recently coached at Baylor up until January 2020 when he took over at the Carolina Panthers. There’s already some indication into how he’ll approach the portal less than a week into his tenure.
The transfer portal is already open to graduate students. It doesn’t open to the general college football player population until Monday. Rhule and his confirmed staff so far already put offers out there on a couple FCS standouts. Both would fit Rhule’s preferred mold for a prospect: under-recruited with tools his coaching staff could develop.
Nebraska extended offers to offensive lineman Ajani Cornelius and wide receiver Xavier Raphael in recent days. Cornelius, at 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds, is one of the portal’s most sought-after entries. He allowed just one sack while playing the vast majority of the 11 games he started this year at right tackle for Rhode Island. He earned first-team Colonial Athletic Conference accolades and garnered a 91.1% player grade according to Pro Football Focus. That’s why he immediately received offers from Auburn, South Carolina, Oregon, Memphis, Cincinnati and Missouri, in addition to Nebraska.
Xavier Guillory, a wide receiver from Idaho State, garnered an offer from Rhule’s staff as well. Guillory made 52 catches for 782 yards and four touchdowns last season. He became feared by defenses for explosive plays, including touchdown catches of 51 yards and 75 yards. His season, however, was marred by an injury to Bengals starting quarterback Tyler Vander Waal and an October 28 arrest for driving under the influence. He was named first-team All-Big Sky and has two years of eligibility remaining. He’s also gained offers from Louisville, Colorado and Utah, among others.
But the portal potentially giveth, and the portal potentially taketh away. Four Huskers declared their intentions to enter the transfer portal, including homegrown linebacker Ernest Hausmann. The freshman from Columbus started the season before being benched. He returned as the depth chart dwindled and finished the season strong. Hausmann tallied a career high 12 tackles against Wisconsin and a sack against No. 3 Michigan. In total, he made 54 tackles, 2.0 for loss.
Sophomore offensive lineman Brant Banks announced his intentions to enter the transfer portal. He rotated onto the line in the last half of the season but played most of the season on special teams. Freshman receiver Decoldest Crawford is also entering the portal. The Louisiana native, who became an nternet sensation for his commercial appearances, did not play this year due to an injury he suffered in fall camp. Kearney native Gabe Heins, who did not play this season, also declared for the portal.
Former Bellevue West and Iowa Western Community College quarterback Nate Glantz announced this week he’ll leave Iowa State and enter the transfer portal. He was the 2020 NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year at Iowa Western but did not play for the Cyclones this season. His father, Robert, was a fullback at Nebraska.
In non-portal recruiting, Nebraska recently offered 4-star tight end Ka’Morreun Pimpton of Fort Worth, Texas. He’s a 6-foot-6 track qualifier in addition to a first-team tight end. He announced his commitment to Vanderbilt back in July.
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