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 latest edition of the Greg’s Guys list came out earlier today. For the first time the entire list was new right before the early signing period. This has been a recruiting cycle unlike any other that I’ve covered. The Huskers will look to take 13 or so high school prospects in the recruiting class. That doesn’t mean nothing is happening. The transfer portal is lighting up with players every day.
It’s well-documented that coach Scott Frost wants the team to focus in on finding immediate impact players. Those players will come from the portal and the junior college ranks.
Because of that, I’ve made the December Greg’s Guys that just missed the cut three players that are transferring. Let’s take a look at three players that could be instant-impact transfer for the Huskers.
Virginia transfer offensive lineman Oluwaseun Oluwatimi
It’s very rare that a lineman with the pedigree of Oluwatimi comes available in the transfer portal. He started all 12 games for Virginia this season at center and has started 32-straight games. Oluwatimi was the first center in school history to be one of the finalists for the Rimington Trophy.
— Virginia Football (@UVAFootball) December 6, 2021
He’s going to have plenty of options for schools after entering the transfer portal. The Huskers could need a center pending what happens with Cameron Jurgens. Oluwatimi is going to be a long shot for Nebraska but it would hard to find a better fit for what Nebraska needs.
Florida International wide receiver Tyrese Chambers
Chambers (6-1, 185) caught 45 passes for 1,074 yards and nine touchdowns last season as a sophomore. He was one of 30 players in the country to eclipse the 1,000-yard receiving mark last season. Chambers started his career at Fort Scott junior college in Kansas. The Huskers have made Chambers a priority and sent tight ends coach Sean Beckton to visit him.
— 𝙏𝙮𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙚 “𝘽𝙞𝙜𝙏𝙞𝙢𝙚” 𝘾𝙝𝙖𝙢𝙗𝙚𝙧𝙨 (@_BigTime0) December 3, 2021
Chambers has picked up offers from Indiana, Purdue, USF and many others since entering the portal. We’ll see if the Huskers can turn things up a notch with Mickey Joseph on staff now.
Alabama linebacker transfer Jackson Bratton
The Huskers were in the thick of things with Bratton’s recruitment the first time around. The former high 4-star linebacker took an official visit to check out the Huskers against Ohio State back in 2019. He enjoyed that visit but playing for the home state Tide was too much to overcome for the Huskers. Bratton (6-3, 235) hasn’t appeared in a game yet in his career for Alabama. An interesting note on Bratton is his connection to the Huskers. He grew up with and played at the same high school as quarterback Logan Smothers. That connection and the pursuit of Bratton during his recruitment should five the Huskers a chance.
>> Nebraska 2023 wide receiver target Joshua Manning was offered by Wisconsin on Tuesday.
— Joshua Manning (@joshmanning121) December 7, 2021
>> Cornell grad transfer offensive lineman is staying hot on the recruiting trail. He was offered by Northwestern.
— Hunter Nourzad (@NourzadHunter) December 7, 2021
>> Furman kicker Spencer Pankratz accepted a preferred walk on offer from the Huskers.
Proud and blessed to officially announce I will be a PWO at THE University of Nebraska. Thank you to coach Busch, @coach_connors1 @OneOnOneCO. I’m excited to get to work! All glory to God! #GBR ❤️🖤 pic.twitter.com/94bBGoMwye
— Spencer Pankratz (@SpencerPankratz) December 6, 2021
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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.