Travis Vokolek is staying in the Big Ten.
The former Rutgers tight end announced he will transfer to Nebraska on Tuesday via Twitter.
Rutgers does not play Nebraska in 2019. The Scarlet Knights will host the Cornhuskers in 2020.
Vokolek entered the NCAA transfer portal in April after Rutgers concluded spring practice with the intention to find a new school closer to his Missouri home. He was expected to be the Scarlet Knights’ top tight end, and potentially their top receiving target, this fall. The former three-star recruit played in all 12 games last season with seven starts. He had 16 catches for 184 yards and two touchdowns.
Vokolek did not redshirt at Rutgers, so he has three years to play two. He was not recruited by the Cornhuskers out of high school, so he could blueshirt and count toward Nebraska’s 2020 recruiting class, according to the Lincoln Journal-Star. Vokolek’s father is a Lincoln, Nebraska, native, according to the Omaha World-Herald.
Vokolek will have to sit out this season at Nebraska unless he receives a waiver from the NCAA, but he would be able to cover the year with a redshirt. The Big Ten’s intra-conference transfer rules are also a factor in his move.
Conference bylaws state student-athletes have to serve a full year-in-residence at their new Big Ten school before playing and may also lose a year of eligibility. But Rutgers would likely sign off on Vokolek going to Nebraska without such a penalty, similar to the way the Scarlet Knights landed linebacker Drew Singleton from Michigan (and national champion wrestler Nick Suriano, after some difficulties, from Penn State).
Rutgers also lost right guard Jonah Jackson to Ohio State earlier this year. But Jackson left as a graduate transfer, leaving no questions about his eligibility to play immediately for the Buckeyes. Wisconsin tight end Kyle Penniston has transferred into Rutgers as a graduate student as well.
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