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Elkhorn South vs. Lincoln High, prep football, 10.26.18

Elkhorn South's Cooper Jewett (4) intercepts a pass intended for Lincoln High's Jaden Horton in October during the first round of state playoffs at Beechner Field. 

Nebraska formally added 15 walk-ons to its roster on Wednesday, bringing the 2019 class total to 23 so far.

The Huskers likely aren’t totally done adding just yet — Iowa Western offensive lineman Joshua Wegener, for instance, is planning on joining the program this summer — but the class has largely taken shape.

“I expect great things out of these walk-ons,” coach Scott Frost said Wednesday. “I think it’ll be very soon when some of those guys start helping us and, down the road a little further, I think a lot of those guys are going to contribute playing and hopefully start for us.”

The 15 players added Wednesday include 13 in-state prospects plus Colorado natives and Loveland High teammates Riley Kinney and Zach Weinmaster. All but a pair — Elkhorn South running back Cooper Jewett and Lincoln East linebacker Braden Sellon — had been previously reported by the Journal Star.

“I want good people, and I want athletic potential,” Frost said. “Some of the guys we have are big and have huge frames and are good athletes.”

The head coach cited former walk-on and NFL offensive lineman Spencer Long as the model citizen, a high school tight end who came in and developed into a professional-caliber player.

Frost said he aims to keep collecting large walk-on classes, but that the selection process isn’t going to get any easier.

“I’m not going to just let guys be on the team just to be on the team,” Frost said. “So, it’s going to be competitive just like your opportunity to be a starter is competitive. That will put us in a really good place of where we have the right type of kids: Kids that are on the team for the right reasons and hungry to be here.”

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

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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