Nebraska is heading into the spring once again wondering if this will be the year Scott Frost can deliver the program back to the promised land. Or at least to a bowl game. Despite the inability to get to a postseason game in recent years, Scott Frost is doing work to improve the program through recruiting and player development. And with some of the newest additions to the program in 2021, Nebraska could be ready to take the next few steps in their progress under Frost.
But Nebraska isn't just looking to some incoming recruits fresh out of high school to inject some new energy into the program. This year, some of the most important new faces could already have some college football experience under their belts. Nebraska took advantage of the transfer portal to address a couple of needs and improve the depth at a few positions. And a couple of those transfers could quickly be go-to guys for the Huskers.
Here are five newcomers to keep an eye out for in Lincoln this fall.
Markese Stepp, RB
One of the biggest prizes of the Class of 2021 didn't come through the high school recruiting cycle. Instead, it came by way of the transfer portal with former USC four-star running back Markese Stepp opting to head to Nebraska. Stepp is expected to be able to go through spring practices and compete for the starting job running the ball for the fall.
Thomas Fidone, TE
While Nebraska isn't exactly hurting for depth at the tight end position, Fidone figures to work his way into the mix fairly quickly. Fidone was one of three four-star recruits signed by Nebraska in this cycle, and he was the nation's second-ranked player at the position. It would be a shock not to see him in the offense before long.
Chris Kolarevic, LB
Nebraska added to the linebacking unit with the Northern Iowa transfer. Kolarevic already has experience at the college level and will help fill some space on the defense in the upcoming season. He looks like a natural to step into the lineup for the Huskers early on and he won't need to be groomed much given his experience coming in. His mobility and football IQ are what Nebraska coaches like about adding him to the roster.
Wynden Ho'ohuli, LB
Nebraska certainly focused on improving their stock of linebackers in this recruiting class. Ho'ohuli from Hawaii was another four-star recruit in 2021 class for Frost. Ho'ohuli and Kolarvic could be a dynamic 1-2 combo at linebacker for the Huskers for years to come, making them potential cornerstones for the resurgence of the Nebraska defense.
Samori Toure, WR
Another need for Nebraska seems to have been addressed with the transfer portal. Toure joined Nebraska after a transfer from Montana. Nebraska will benefit from adding a veteran presence in the passing game. In 2019, Toure had 1,495 receiving yards for Montana. He should be a factor in the offense this fall.