With former Husker quarterback Scott Frost at the program’s helm, Nebraska football feels more like a family affair this year. That is even more true now, with the additions of Corbin and Connor Ruth to the roster.
The Ruth brothers are natives of Seward, Nebraska and starred at Seward High School. Corbin is transferring to the Huskers from Northwest Missouri State, a Division II power.
He is listed as a defensive back on the 2017 team roster, but took a redshirt as a true freshman this season. He announced the transfer via Twitter on Wednesday.
These past couple weeks have been crazy but with a lot of thoughts and prayers, I am blessed to say I have decided to transfer from Northwest Missouri State to fulfill my lifelong dream of playing for the University of Nebraska! I am beyond thankful for this opportunity 🏈🌽#GBR pic.twitter.com/t2ok4I5YZ0
— Corbin Ruth (@10_cruth) June 13, 2018
His announcement came shortly after his younger brother Connor Ruth committed as a walk-on to the Huskers. He will play fullback.
After many hours spent talking with my parents and in prayer, I have decided that I would never be truly happy leaving my stone unturned in Lincoln. With that being said, I will be walking on at The University of Nebraska. Go Big Red🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/znHcBh0WC5
— Connor Ruth (@_ConnorRuth) June 13, 2018
Ruth was set to go to Nebraska’s rival Iowa. Instead, he is heading to his home state power.
The Ruth brothers have an additional family connection to Nebraska football.
The two are the nephews of former Nebraska walk-on greats Joel and Jeff Makovicka. Both started at fullback for the Huskers for national championship teams in the 1990s, and Joel went on to play in the NFL.
With that kind of pedigree, it is no surprise that Connor Ruth would choose to flip from the opportunity he had at Iowa. It is unclear how much the fullback will be utilized in Scott Frost’s offense, but it would be hard to turn down the chance to follow in his uncle’s footsteps.
Expect to see more walk-ons at Nebraska in general. Athletic director Bill Moos recently expressed interest in expanding the total football roster size up to 150.
Nebraska usually carries around 135 total players. FBS teams are limited to 85 total scholarship players per season.