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Huskers pick up walk-on commit from LSW's Leader

Huskers pick up walk-on commit from LSW's Leader


The numbers keep growing for Nebraska's walk-on class. 

Lincoln Southwest defender Nick Leader announced his intention to walk on and play for the Huskers on Sunday night, becoming the third player in a week to do so and the 11th known member of the class overall. 

Leader, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound defensive lineman for the Silver Hawks, announced his pledge on Twitter, writing, "After lots of time and thought, I've realized there is only one place I see myself playing football at the next level and getting an education for the future." 

Leader certainly had options but chose walking on at NU over several Division II scholarship opportunities. 

As a senior, Leader racked up 76 tackles (19 for loss) and nine sacks for Southwest, earning first-team All-City honors from the Journal Star in the process. 

He joins a pair of teammates in linebacker Caden McCormack and kicker Dylan Jorgensen as Silver Hawks in the Huskers' 2019 walk-on class. 

Leader is an NU legacy as well. His father, David, was also a walk-on for the Huskers in the early 1990s. 

Leader is the Huskers' third walk-on commit since Thursday, joining McCormack and York offensive lineman Noah Stafursky, who each announced their intentions the morning after NU's second annual walk-on recruiting event at Memorial Stadium. 

Name Position Hometown (School)
John Bullock* CB Omaha (Creighton Prep)
Grant Detlefsen* P Lincoln (Southeast)
John Goodwin* ATH Lincoln
Tyson Guzman* ATH Omaha (Westside)
Gabe Heins* K Kearney
Jacob Herbek* ATH Grand Island (Central Catholic)
Matt Huser* DL Omaha (Millard West)
Garrett Hustedt* LB Elkhorn (Mt. Michael)
Austin Jablonski* ATH Lincoln (Pius X)
Cooper Jewett* RB Elkhorn (South)
Dylan Jorgensen* PK Lincoln (Southwest)
Riley Kinney* ATH Loveland, Colorado
Cam Kleinschmidt* DB Lincoln
Nick Leader* OLB Lincoln (Southwest)
Caden McCormack* LB Lincoln (Southwest)
Brayden Miller* QB Kearney
Riley Moses* OL/DL Geneva (Fillmore Central)
Garrett Nuss OL Sutton
Luke Reimer* ATH Lincoln (North Star)
Eli Ricther* DL Kearney (Catholic)
Braden Sellon* LB Lincoln (East)
Sam Shurtleff* ATH Watkinsville, Georgia
Noah Stafursky* OL York
Joshua Wegener OL Iowa Western C.C.
Zach Weinmaster* WR Loveland, Colorado
*Official via NU

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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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