Nebraska football could be in line for legacy transfer

Indiana's James Monds III (2) during Indiana football fall camp at the practice fields on Friday, Aug. 11, 2023.
Indiana's James Monds III (2) during Indiana football fall camp at the practice fields on Friday, Aug. 11, 2023. /

The Nebraska football team has a second chance to reel in a legacy recruit now that James Monds III has entered the transfer portal from Indiana.

While most Nebraska football fans are hoping that the Huskers managed to pull a quarterback transfer out of the portal, it’s a strong bet that Matt Rhule and company will try and boost more than a few different position groups.

While the defensive backfield doesn’t stick out as a position of need, it’s possible that one particular portal entry would be too good for the Huskers to ignore. The added bonus is that if Rhule and his staff were able to reel in James Monds III from Indiana, they’d also be getting themselves a legacy prospect.

Monds entered the portal earlier this week, shortly after the Indiana Hoosiers fired head coach Tom Allen. Among the reasons why the Huskers might be interested is that he’ll only be a sophomore in 2024 and still has plenty of room to grow for whatever defensive backfield he lands on.

The DB out of Fort Pierce, Florida, is a great nephew of Wonderful Terrific Monds (otherwise known as Wonder Monds), who was an All-American defensive back with the Nebraska football team in the mid-1970s and then played a few years with the NFL and CFL.

Nebraska football has shot at legacy transfer

That a family member also played for the Huskers isn’t the only reason that Rhule and company might have a foot in the door. Back in 2021, Nebraska was considered to have a pretty decent shot in landing the younger Monds, though in the end, they lost out to Indiana.

Granted, it was Erik Chinander and company doing the recruiting back then, Monds III clearly still has a decent idea what the Cornhuskers have to offer. There’s also the chance to join a defense that was among the best in the country in several different statistics in 2023.

James Monds III has played very sparingly in two years in Bloomington. He had a career high 9 snaps this past season.

It will be interesting to see if the defensive back is on the Nebraska football team’s radar this offseason.