Perrion Winfrey

Iowa Western Community College defensive end Perrion Winfrey released his top eight schools on Sunday. Nebraska made the cut. 

Iowa Western defensive lineman Perrion Winfrey was heading back from a visit to Nebraska on Sunday when he announced an impressive top eight that included College Football Playoff qualifiers Alabama and Oklahoma. LSU, Oregon and Penn State were in the mix, too.

So was Nebraska for the 6-foot-4, 306-pound lineman, who is one of the most heavily recruited Reivers ever. Several Iowa Western prospects, including wide receiver Marcus Rogers, made the trip to Lincoln with Winfrey.

“The visit to Nebraska was great,” Winfrey said in a message. “Me and my friends had a great time. When we went out to the field it really left me mesmerized.”

Nebraska envisions Winfrey moving around the defensive line, including a spot at defensive end.

Though defensive coordinator Erik Chinander plays a 3-4, he tends to set his ends inside of the opponents’ offensive tackles, rather than head-on against them.

As a result, shorter defensive ends — like Carlos and Khalil Davis and Deontre Thomas — can operate in the system.

NU coaches want Winfrey “just dominating one-on-one.”

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