Nebraska Football: Huskers named among top transfer portal teams

Nebraska football quarterback Jeff Sims throws during the Georgia Tech Spring Game. (Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)
Nebraska football quarterback Jeff Sims throws during the Georgia Tech Spring Game. (Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports) /

Nebraska football fans are quite happy with how Matt Rhule and his staff did during the early signing period. Of course, unless the day had been an unmitigated disaster, Husker fans would likely have found something to be happy about. That’s what fandom is all about. That’s why it’s nice to see that the job Rhule did, especially regarding the transfer portal, is lauded by national sources.

National sources are indeed lauding the Nebraska football team. And it’s being lauded for doing exactly what Matt Rhule needs to do. He’s rebuilding the program quickly. He’s using the transfer portal to add talent quickly, and people around the country are taking notice.

Rivals recently reported on the schools that had the best week using the transfer portal, and Nebraska football is right near the top of the list.

The report singled out getting Jeff Sims, Chief Borders, Corey Collier, Elijah Jeudy, Josh Fleeks, and Marco Ortiz as some of the best gets of the cycle. It’s worth pointing out the report was written before the Huskers added a seventh top-notch transfer in Arizona State offensive lineman Ben Scott.

Nebraska Football In Interesting Company

So who were the other schools on the list that the Huskers kept company with? One team keeps popping up over and over again in a weird way. Deion Sanders and the Colorado Buffaloes were among the top transfer landing spots thanks to hauling in Shedeur Sanders and Travis Hunter.

However, those weren’t the only transfers “Coach Prime” managed to grab. Tackle Savion Washington (Kent State), guard Tyler Brown (Jackson State), defensive linemen Taijh Watson
(West Virginia), Shane Cokes (Dartmouth), and linebacker LaVonta Bentley (Clemson) all committed to the Buffs.

Oregon and Kentucky were also signaled out as among the best of the best when it came to landing transfer prospects but the other program that really stood out was an in-conference rival to Nebraska football in Michigan State. Mel Tucker had a rather disastrous 2022 and it looks like he’s trying to find a way to rebuild quickly as well.

The Spartans pulled eight from the portal and added talent to both sides of the ball. Perhaps most noteworthy for Nebraska football fans is former UCONN running back Nathan Carter. Interestingly, Carter didn’t follow his former position coach, EJ Barthel, to Lincoln.

The Huskers and Spartans will get to show each other just how well the transfer portal pickups helped their respective rosters when they meet up for a showdown next November 4.