LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska's secondary got a little deeper on July 20 when former Central Florida safety Tre Neal announced he was transferring to Nebraska. The catch? He's not formally on the roster yet.
While Neal has yet to be added to the Huskers.com roster, and he was also not a part of the media guide provided at Big Ten Media Days, there is a perfectly good reason for his absence.
"He's officially graduated. We were waiting on verification of that from UCF," Frost said Thursday. "He's a great kid. He did great things for UCF when I was there. I think he graduated and wanted an opportunity here and we're glad to have him.
"He played a big role in what we were able to accomplish and I think he'll be up and ready to go Practice 1."
Neal blossomed under Scott Frost at UCF. After playing in five games as a redshirt freshman in 2015, Neal emerged as a contributor in 2016 appearing in all 13 games and recording 21 tackles, one forced fumble and one blocked kick.
As a junior last season Neal started all 13 games at safety. He finished fourth on the team in tackles (68) –– one spot behind linebacker Shaquem Griffin –– and also recorded three interceptions and three pass breakups.
Neal –– a former 3-star recruit from Buford High School in Atlanta –– joins what should be a crowded group of safeties at Nebraska. The Huskers return two seniors at safety with starting experience, Aaron Williams and Antonio Reed. Sophomore JoJo Domann was also thought to be pushing for snaps last August before a knee injury forced him to miss all of last season. Two of Nebraska's most highly rated signees in the 2018 class, 4-star prospects C.J. Smith and Cam Jones, are also expected to start their careers at safety.