Nebraska‘s tight end room got an intriguing addition from the transfer portal in Arik Gilbert today. The former top-10 national recruit, who spent time at both LSU and Georgia, has committed to the Huskers.
A 6-foot-5, 255-pounder, Gilbert was the No. 9 overall recruit and No. 1-rated tight end in the class of 2020 from Marietta, Georgia. The former five-star athlete and Gatorade National Player of the Year picked high school LSU before moving to Georgia.
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He is the No. 6 tight end and No. 92 overall player in the Rivals transfer rankings, and has a 5.8 player rating. He joins safety Corey Collier Jr. (No. 73 overall) as the Huskers’ second transfer addition in the top 100.
Eligible for two more years, Gilbert is the Huskers’ 10th transfer portal addition in the off-season. Nebraska brought him on campus for a visit in mid-January, and Matt Rule and Bob bet could get his bet. He needs a waiver from the NCAA to play in 2023, as it is his second transfer.
Gilbert had a great real freshman season in 2020, appearing in eight of LSU’s 10 games. He showed his ability to be a dynamic receiving target as he caught 35 passes for 368 yards and two touchdowns.
Entering the transfer portal after his freshman season at LSU, Gilbert landed in Georgia after initially committing to Florida from the portal. However, he stepped down from the team in August 2021 due to personal reasons and never played during the 2021 season.
Gilbert returned to the Georgia team in January 2022 and played in three games last season behind other talented tight ends in John Mackey Award winner Brock Bowers, Darnell Washington and highly rated freshman Oscar Delp. The most action Gilbert saw was against Vanderbilt, where he caught two passes for 16 yards and one touchdown.
Gilbert joins a tight end room in Nebraska losing its top two contributors in Travis Vokolek and Chancellor Brewington. The hall currently lacks experience and production when the other fair is tight, among other things Thomas Fidone II, Chris Hickman, AJ Rollins, James Carnie, Chase Androff and Brodi Tagaloa.
Nebraska hosted tight Brett Seither, Gilbert’s teammate at Georgia, for a visit in mid-January, but Seither chose to play for Georgia Tech next season.
Gilbert is Nebraska’s second transfer addition from Georgia to join OLB MJ Sherman, and he is the Huskers’ sixth transfer from the SEC.
He is the 12th player from the portal to be added to Rhule’s roster as receivers Zavier Betts and Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda withdrew from the portal and returned to Nebraska. Betts left the team for personal reasons in March 2022, while Garcia-Castaneda entered the transfer portal on October 11, four games into the 2022 season, but chose to return.
The TBEN for players to enter the portal was January 18, and the TBEN for players to join the program and still be eligible to participate in spring training is January 23 – the first day of classes in the second semester in Nebraska.
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