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Nebraska Football: Arik Gilbert commits to Huskers

Nebraska football landed a commitment from former Georgia  tight end Arik Gilbert on Thursday evening. This news was first reported by On3’s Hayes Fawcett.

Gilbert appeared in three games last season for Georgia. He caught two passes for 16 yards.

He made an impact as a freshman at LSU, tallying 35 catches for 368 yards and two touchdowns. The production his freshman season led him to get noticed by major college football outlets. He was named  as a second-team preseason All-American by PFF. More recently, he was tabbed to the preseason watchlist for the John Mackey Award prior to the 2022 season.

What can he bring to Nebraska football?

He gives Nebraska a much-needed veteran in the tight end room. Nebraska football does have talent at the position. Thomas Fidone headlines the current group of players at the position. Injury issues have hampered Fidone’s ability to see the field. This is where Gilbert could comment and help provide veteran production. Beyond just the veteran leadership, this gives Nebraska a combo of Fidone and Gilbert to use in various packages.

Gilbert is athletic, and measures in at six-foot-five, 248 pounds. He has the ability to catch balls in tight windows, and has athleticism to make things happen after the catch. His quickness is also an asset. He gives Nebraska the athletic playmaking tight ended that they have been missing from the room. On top of that, he has national championship experience, having won two national championships with Georgia.

Currently, the 2023 Nebraska football recruiting class has 10 transfers. Gilbert is the highest-rated transfer of the group, just above former teammate MJ Sherman. Nebraska football has had a mix of high school players and transfer portal additions in this class, and Gilbert certainly is a major part of it.

Nebraska football may be in for a busy weekend ahead. Gilbert may just be the start of it, as more additions could take place this weekend.

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