Class of 2019

Sam Shurtleff

HometownWatkinsville, GA
High schoolOconee County

Nebraska’s latest walk-on, Sam Shurtleff, owned multiple Ndamukong Suh jerseys as a kid and went to at least one Husker game per year as a teenager. Fairly standard stuff.

Unless you live in Oconee County, Georgia. That’s the home of NU’s latest walk-on, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound outside linebacker prospect who has family ties in the state and, more important, loves Nebraska football.

“I really couldn’t see myself playing anywhere but Nebraska,” said Shurtleff, who announced Tuesday on Twitter that he will walk on at NU. He’s the 12th known walk-on for the class. His dad, Michael, has family in Elkhorn and Gering and, from 2014 through 2017, he got to one Nebraska home game per year, he said.

He didn’t make it to Lincoln for new coach Scott Frost’s first year. No worries there, though. A cousin reached out to NU, which liked what it saw of Shurtleff’s tape at Oconee County, a school somewhat familiar with Nebraska. The Huskers kicked the tires on a quarterback, Zeb Noland, who eventually picked Iowa State and a four-star linebacker, Jaleel Laguins, who eventually signed with Georgia. Laguins has since transferred to Samford.

Laguins “was a big mentor to me,” Shurtleff said. “I had to go against him every single day on scout team.”

Shurtleff said he’ll arrive at NU in the summer with the other walk-ons.

“I’ve been a lifelong Nebraska fan,” he said.

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