York vs. McCook, 9/23/17

York's Simon Otte (20) stiff-arms McCook's Zach Schlager (1) in York last year. Otte has more than 1,200 yards rushing this season despite dislocating his elbow in the season opener and missing three games.

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Another week, more additions to Nebraska's 2018 walk-on class.

The latest to join the first walk-on class under new coach Scott Frost are York standout Simon Otte and Gothenburg receiver Bennett Folkers, who both announced their commitments via Twitter on Sunday.

Otte was a first-team Super-State selection by the Journal Star this fall, listed as an athlete on the defensive side of the ball. 

Listed at 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, he starred for the Class B state-champion Dukes. 

Otte racked up 101 tackles and three fumble recoveries on defense while also rushing for 1,435 yards and 14 touchdowns. 

All of that production came after Otte was sidelined in the summer by thumb surgery and then missed three-plus games after he dislocated his elbow in York's season opener. 

When he was on the field, he was a prolific tackler, racking up nine in the season opener before his injury and a school-record 19 in his first game back. 

Folkers was an honorable mention All-State selection in Class C-1 by the Journal Star this fall. He is listed at 6-3 and 180 pounds on his Hudl profile.

Season statistics were not immediately available. Gothenburg put together a 7-3 season this fall.

Otte and Folkers make 18 known walk-ons for the Huskers' 2018 class, including 17 from Nebraska.

As National Signing Day approaches, there are still in-state seniors with walk-on offers from NU that remain uncommitted, including Omaha Central's Jalen Harris.

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Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.


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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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