The Nebraska Bulldogs? The Georgia Huskers? The Dawgskers?
Nebraska has now landed three Georgia transfers out of the portal as offensive lineman Jacob Hood committed to the Huskers on Monday. Hood was a true freshman in 2022 who did not play any snaps, and he has four years of eligibility remaining.
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Hood visited Lincoln on Jan. 20, which Inside Nebraska senior recruiting analyst Greg Smith was the first to report, and he was able to get a better sense of the program and Matt Rhule as its leader.
“The love from the coaches, the players and the fans stood out,” Hood told Inside Nebraska of his visit. “It’s also a great community.
“(Rhule) is an amazing person. He definitely knows what he’s talking about when it comes to football and developing great football players and even better young men off the field.”
The 6-foot-8, 350-pound OT will join former teammates MJ Sherman (OLB) and Arik Gilbert (TE) in Lincoln. Hood is the Huskers’ 11th overall transfer addition – not including receivers Xavier Betts spirit Isaiah Garcia-Castanedawho withdrew their names from the portal and returned to Nebraska.
Seven of those 11 additions have come from the SEC: three from Georgia, three from Florida, one from Texas A&M.
Hood signed with Georgia in the 2022 class as a four-star prospect. He was in the Rivals250 ranked as the No. 218 overall player nationally and the No. 19 offensive tackles in the 2022 cycle. He joined the Bulldogs out of Hillsboro High School in Nashville, where he was the No. 5-ranked player in the state of Tennessee.
Ole Miss and Auburn were also under consideration for Hood out of high school, but he ultimately chose Georgia over Miami as the two battled for his signature. After just one season with the Bulldogs, though, he elected to move on. He was one of just five of Georgia’s 18 offensive linemen who did not play in 2022.
Hood will be looking to change that as he develops under Matt Rhule and Olympic coach Donovan Raiolaa tandem who he can grow under and push to earn more time on the field.
He gives the Huskers a monstrous physical presence on their O-line and continues what has been a surprising connection to the Georgia program. Sherman, Gilbert and Hood each got on campus shortly after they officially announced their transfer and committed soon after as well.
Gilbert: Entered portal Dec. 26; visited Jan. 14; committed Jan. 19
Sherman: Entered portal Jan. 13; visited Jan. 13; committed Jan. 16
Hood: Entered portal Jan. 13; visited Jan. 20; committed Jan. 23
The Huskers also hosted Georgia TE transfer Brett Seither for a visit, but he ultimately committed to Georgia Tech.
Nebraska likely has two main connections to thank here: Georgia DB coach Fran Brown and WR coach Bryan McClendon.
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Brown’s first full-time job was at Temple under Rhule and also followed Rhule to Baylor. Nebraska strength and conditioning coach Corey Campbell played fullback for the Bulldogs from 2010-13, when McClendon was the Bulldogs’ RB coach.
No matter which connections are mainly responsible, the Huskers are certainly thanking them now.
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