Top junior college players can be big-time prospects for Power Five programs looking to plug immediate holes, but highly touted center Josh Wegener had a difficult time attracting offers.
The Iowa Western product switched from defensive line to center after going to the top JuCo program.
He excelled at his new position to the point where Rivals' junior college vertical ranked him as the No. 1 JuCo center in the country.
Unfortunately, Wegener suffered a lisfranc injury late during the season, which took him off the board for some FBS teams.
Luckily for Wegener, his grades opened up some big opportunities.
With a 4.0 GPA at Iowa Western, Josh Wegener was able to land academic scholarship offers. That allowed him to walk on at Nebraska.
From The Progress:
The 20-year-old graduated from Iowa Western with a 4.0 GPA, making him eligible for academic scholarships. That reduced the stress of seeking a full ride, and he looked seriously at Nebraska and Iowa State. Wegener decided on the Huskers, thinking his skills fit well in their spread offense.
Woods said he diligently watches offensive line film of the nation’s top junior college programs.
“As I went through the film, I couldn’t find one guy that was able to do the stuff that Josh does was able to do," he said. “So when it came out that he was the No. 1 center in the country, it wasn’t a shock to us.
While it is unclear whether Wegener will ever play a huge role at Nebraska, getting a player with his potential as a walk-on is a pretty great opportunity for both sides here.