Nebraska's secondary got a little bit deeper Friday as a source confirmed to Hail Varsity that the Huskers are adding former Central Florida safety Tre Neal to the roster. He will be immediately eligible in 2018.
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.
Neal is the fourth incoming transfer since Frost took over joining former UCF teammate and quarterback Noah Vedral, former Ole Miss linebacker Breon Dixon and former Utah defensive tackle Vaha Vainuku.