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Nebraska Recruiting: New DB Nadab Joseph a Wildcard For Huskers

September 30, 2020
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<p><em>Recruiting never stops and it&#39;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.</em></p>

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<p>It&rsquo;s rare that a late addition junior college transfer gets asked about during his position coach&rsquo;s first availability in months. That&rsquo;s exactly what happened with Nadab Joseph,&nbsp;the former No. 1 junior college cornerback from the 2020 recruiting class. There is certainly a level of intrigue around the defender. Any time you add a big-time talent like Joseph late in the process, people will be curious about him.</p>

<p>Joseph hasn&rsquo;t been on campus long. He found his way to Nebraska from Independence Community College, enrolling&nbsp;at Nebraska the first week of August. He almost certainly came to the team fighting an uphill battle. It&rsquo;s tough enough making the jump from JUCO to the Big Ten in a normal situation. To do it in a pandemic raises the level of difficulty even more. Learning a new defensive system via Zoom position group meetings and working out during a pandemic be tough.&nbsp;</p>

<p>Even so, defensive backs coach Travis Fisher is pleased with how Joseph is adjusting to being on the team.</p>

<p>&quot;He&#39;s with us. He&#39;s doing great,&quot; Fisher said. &quot;He&#39;s following. He jumped right in the pot with the rest of the guys. That relationship is going good. Obviously, he&#39;s working, trying to catch up on things, with very little time being here.&quot;</p>

<p>If you did your own top 10 most intriguing Huskers for 2020 as <a href=”https://hailvarsity.com/s/9614/10-most-intriguing-huskers-no-1-adrian-martinez” target=”_blank”>Derek Peterson did,&nbsp;</a>would Joseph make your list? If not, he&rsquo;d at least be in the conversation to be part of it. He&rsquo;s not intriguing because he&rsquo;s a lock to start this season. There is real work ahead of anyone looking crack the Huskers&rsquo; top group in the secondary. That unit is the deepest position on the team.&nbsp;</p>

<p>Joseph is such an intriguing player because of the potential that is easy to spot. At 6-foot-2 and&nbsp;190 pounds, he&rsquo;s got the size you like to see in a defensive back. At a camp at Alabama with Nick Saban watching, he ripped off a 4.44 40-yard dash, had a 42-inch vertical and an 11-foot broad jump. Out of high school, he was committed to Alabama but signed with Georgia in a signing day twist.&nbsp;</p>

<p>The measurables are there for Joseph. Now he gets to come along in a room that feature plenty of veteran players. Dicaprio Bootle, Marquel Dismuke, Deontai Williams and Cam Taylor-Britt are his competition for playing time. They also will all help him get adjusted to his new surroundings. Each provide a great sounding board to help him learn the ropes.&nbsp;</p>

<p>The Huskers have the luxury of bringing Joseph along as slowly or quickly as he needs. That&rsquo;s a good thing but I wouldn&rsquo;t be surprised by any outcome in his first year on campus. That makes him quite the wildcard pickup for Nebraska&rsquo;s defense.</p>

<h3><strong>Recruit Watch</strong></h3>

<p>&gt;&gt; The Huskers offered Iowa 2021 lineman Carson Petlon a preferred walk on spot on Wednesday. Petlon has visited Lincoln for a game before.&nbsp;</p>

<p>https://twitter.com/CPetlon/status/1311313785962065925</p>

<p>&gt;&gt; Colorado 2022 athlete Grant Page showed off an edit that he got from the Huskers.&nbsp;</p>

<p>https://twitter.com/Grant_Page23/status/1311381424537128960</p>

<p>&gt;&gt; Johnny Dickerson, a 2022 offensive lineman (6-3, 280) from Texas, picked up an offer from the Huskers on Wednesday.&nbsp;</p>

<p>https://twitter.com/johnnydickson70/status/1311320085018095621</p>

<h3><strong>ICYMI</strong></h3>

<p>&gt;&gt; The fear of the unknown <a href=”https://hailvarsity.com/s/10204/fear-of-unknown-costs-huskers-trio-of-florida-recruits” target=”_blank”>cost the Huskers a trio of Florida recruits</a> as Travis Fisher explained on Tuesday.&nbsp;</p>

<p>&gt;&gt; Mike Dawson <a href=”https://hailvarsity.com/s/10205/mike-dawson-talks-pass-rushing-run-stopping-as-nebraska-ramps-up” target=”_blank”>spoke about pass rushing and run stopping</a> as the Huskers ramp up their efforts in practice.&nbsp;</p>

<p>&gt;&gt; In the <a href=”https://hailvarsity.com/s/10203/representation-matters-mind-your-own-podcast” target=”_blank”>latest Mind Your Own Podcast</a>, Erin Sorensen and Sausha Durkan explain why representation matters.&nbsp;</p>

<p>&gt;&gt; The emerging leaders for Nebraska basketball <a href=”https://hailvarsity.com/s/10202/padding-the-stats-leaders-emerging-for-nebraska-basketball” target=”_blank”>are the focus</a> of Jacob Padilla&rsquo;s Padding the Stats this week.</p>

<p>&gt;&gt; The Hail Varsity mailbag is back to<a href=”https://hailvarsity.com/s/10206/mailbag-breakout-candidates-on-the-defensive-line” target=”_blank”> look at breakout candidates</a> on the defensive line and more.&nbsp;</p>

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