Nebraska is adding to its tight ends group.
Rutgers graduate transfer Travis Vokolek announced Tuesday his intent to transfer to NU.
Vokolek, listed at 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, came on strong as Rutgers’ 2018 season progressed, finishing with 16 catches for 184 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Those aren’t exactly eye-popping numbers, but remember that Rutgers’ passing attack finished with just 1,586 yards and five touchdowns against 22 interceptions.
Vokolek put his name in the transfer portal in April after missing most of Rutgers’ spring ball with a hamstring injury, NJ.com reported then.
Vokolek is originally from Springfield, Missouri, and considered three schools significantly closer to home in Nebraska, Kansas State and Iowa.
Vokolek is not expected to graduate this summer, meaning he will have to sit the 2019 season pursuant to NCAA transfer rules unless he applies for and is granted a waiver. Without a waiver, he will sit one year and have two remaining to play.
While the addition on the surface seems to close out Nebraska's 2019 recruiting efforts -- he is the 30th member of the Huskers' class and NU has a hard cap at that number -- the potential still exists that the school could add one more.
Vokolek never took an official visit to NU, meaning he could be considered an unrecruited player and categorized as a "blueshirt." Under that rule, a player shows up on campus before being put on scholarship. The Huskers could then award him a scholarship on the first day of class and count him forward to the 2020 class. He would still count against the 85-man maximum (NU has plenty of room) this fall, but not the cap of new scholarship players per year allowed by the NCAA.
Nebraska has several other multiyear options at tight end in junior Jack Stoll, sophomores Austin Allen and Kurt Rafdal, redshirt freshman Katerian Legrone and freshman Chris Hickman.
Vokolek has connections both to the state and the program. His father, D.J., coached with defensive coordinator Erik Chinander and quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco at Northern Iowa, played at Nebraska-Kearney and was at one time an assistant at Nebraska-Omaha.