Nebraska football has a legitimate shot at landing the talented prospect.
As recruiting continues, Nebraska football sees themselves in a good position to land TJ Bollers. The playmaker had Nebraska as part of his top six group of potential commitments. He made the announcement on Twitter earlier in the day.
Boulders is the seventh overall weak side defensive end in his class, and the second overall player in the 2021 class from the state of Iowa per the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Bollers has many offers on the table. In addition to Nebraska, California, Iowa State, Wisconsin, Alabama, and Iowa have all extended offers his way.
There is still line of thought that he is leaning towards Wisconsin.
According to the 247Sports Crystal Ball, 83% of the predictions made for Bollers lean towards Wisconsin. If there is any consolation prize, it is that Nebraska is the second team in the Crystal Ball with a 17% chance of landing him.
Measuring in at six-foot-three, 237 pounds, he is an imposing figure. When watching some of his highlights, the first thing I noticed about him is that he exploded off the ball well. As soon as the ball was snapped, he would immediately react to a play. If he was being held by his opponent, he would fill a running lane instead of trying to go after the passer. When he was able to get to the quarterback, he made a solid tackle and used his instincts to break up the play.
Nebraska has made a concerted effort to get impact playmakers on defense, and they have already landed some highly-touted recruits. The 2021 class is going to be a class that allows for the program to trust the defense. That is not something that we have seen from Nebraska football in a few years. Last year, it seemed as though the defense was all over the place. This year and in the years to come, there seems to be a concerted plan in place.
Bollers has been talked about for quite a while as a guy that will be an impact player should he come to Nebraska. The fact that they are continuing to make these types of lists with some of the top prospects in the country says a lot about the direction of the program in recruiting. I truly hope they can land him. He would bring an immediate impact to the pass-rushing game and in the run-game. More so than that, he would continue the upward trend in recruiting that Nebraska football is experiencing.