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UCF Defensive Star Following Scott Frost To Nebraska

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LINCOLN, NE - SEPTEMBER 23: Fullback Harrison Jordan #38 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers carries the flag as the team enter the field against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

Tre Neal transfer: the productive UCF safety will be following head coach Scott Frost to Nebraska.

Neal was a key defensive player for the undefeated Knights in 2017.

Last season, he started every game for the team, finishing the year with 68 total tackles and three interceptions.

The secondary is expected to be a trouble spot for the Huskers in season one under Scott Frost. The addition of Neal should really help in that regard.

Tre Neal confirmed the Nebraska move to Rivals.

He is expected to be eligible to play right away, after graduating from Central Florida this summer.

A source with knowledge of the situation has confirmed to HuskerOnline Neal has been granted his release from UCF, and Nebraska is not restricted as one of his options. Neal also later confirmed to HOL his transfer to Nebraska is a “done deal.”

“(Frost) built something special at UCF, and I was lucky enough to be apart of that,” Neal told “I love UCF, it is in good hands right now and is a top program in the country and needs to be treated as such. But I chose Frost because he instilled a confidence in the game I thought I lost. And I want to help him rebuild what he loves back in Lincoln.”

Neal is set to graduate from UCF at the end of this month, and from there he will be admitted into graduate school at NU and be immediately eligible for the 2018 season.

Neal is not the first high-profile Knight player to follow Frost to Lincoln. Quarterback Noah Vedral did the same, soon after Frost took the job at his alma mater.