Nebraska's football program picked up a walk-on commit on Tuesday night from a guy who can really run.

Matthias Algarin is going to be doing a lot of it at NU, too.

The Minnesota speedster announced his commitment to Nebraska, where he's expected to walk on to the football program and take part in track and field.

Algarin is an all-around at Pierz High on the football field. In a Nov. 3 playoff game, he rushed 15 times for 128 yards and a pair of touchdowns and reeled in three catches for 61 yards — and a score. He also averaged 29 yards on four kick returns.

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Algarin at NU will also be running track on scholarship for the Huskers.

"I have always dreamed of playing football and running track at the next level, but being a (two)-sport athlete in college can be difficult without the right support system," he wrote on Twitter. "I'm thankful to coach Gary Pepin and coach Scott Frost for making this possible for me."

That presents a unique situation for Algarin and the Husker programs. Because he is on scholarship for track, he can only count as a walk-on in the football program until he appears in a game. If he works his way into a playing role for the Husker football team, he will have to count against the 85-man scholarship limit. 

Algarin is the 10th known walk-on commit for the NU football program's 2020 class.

Name Position Hometown (School)
Matthias Algarin ATH Pierz, Minnesota
Nate Boerkircher TE/OLB Aurora
Baylor Brannen DL Omaha (Millard West
Ashton Hausmann DB Norris
Braden Klover LB Wymore (Southern)
Trevin Luben RB Wahoo
Keegan Menning OL/DL Fremont
Mason Nieman ATH Waverly
Eli Simonson OL/DL Fremont (Archbishop Bergan)
Grant Tagge OLB Omaha (Westside)
Xavier Trevino OL Lincoln (Southeast)
Camden Witucki LS Grand Blanc, Michigan

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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