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Former Rutgers tight end Travis Vokolek announced his decision to transfer to Nebraska on Tuesday via Twitter. The tight end chose the Huskers over Iowa and Kansas State. Vokolek had visited all three schools in the spring.
The Huskers were the final visit for Vokolek, stopping in the final week of May. The tight end was expected to have a quick decision shortly thereafter, but instead it took him nearly two weeks longer to decide between the three midwest schools.
The son of a college football coach, Vokolek originally ended up at Rutgers out of Springfield, Missouri. At the time, he was a three-star tight end and ranked as the No. 94 tight end in the country by 247Sports Composite.
The 6-foot-6, 250 pound tight end had 14 starts in his career at Rutgers – seven as a sophomore and seven as a freshman. Vokolek’s best outing came against Michigan State as he hauled in four receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown against the Spartans. The game also featured a season-long reception of 27 yards.
The tight end’s other big game in 2018 came against Illinois when he caught five passes for 47 yards against Illinois.
Nebraska took just one tight end last year in Chris Hickman. The Huskers currently have two freshmen, two sophomores and a junior on scholarship. The tight end actually lines up with both Austin Allen and Kurt Rafdal in terms of class. All three will be juniors in 2020.
Vokolek had 16 receptions for 184 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore. He’d have two seasons of eligibility after sitting out one year.
Tight end wasn’t necessarily the biggest position of need and the Huskers only had one more spot available for the upcoming season. However, sources told Husker247 during the process the staff viewed Vokolek as a good roster upgrade.
One reason Nebraska made sense as a fit for Vokolek, and that the Huskers were interested in taking him, is that two Nebraska assistants, Mario Verduzco and Erik Chinander, worked with Vokolek’s father, D.J., at Northern Iowa in the
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