LINCOLN — Nebraska’s football program awarded scholarships to three walk-ons on Friday.

By Saturday morning, NU was continuing its quest to recruit the next generation of in-state walk-ons, one of whom has a strong list of FCS scholarship offers.

Millard West offensive tackle Cole Aniello and York offensive tackle Noah Stafursky both received preferred walk-on offers from the Huskers after their Friday night games. Aniello has scholarship offers from South Dakota State, South Dakota and Northern Iowa.

The Huskers’ new coaching staff, led by Scott Frost, has done more than make the walk-on program a talking point with the press. Frost and Co. intend to recruit walk-ons just like they do scholarship players. NU added more than 20 when combining the 2018 recruiting class, players who transferred back from other schools and others who made the team. Eleven freshman walk-ons made Nebraska’s 110-man roster.

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“We’re going to work hard to develop relationships with coaches and communities so that young men — young boys — in this state want to grow up and wear the N on their helmet,” NU football administrator Matt Davison said Thursday.

One day later, Frost was pulling aside three Huskers — senior receiver Bryan Reimers, junior running back Wyatt Mazour and junior inside linebacker Jacob Weinmaster — for conversations. He told each he had received a one-year scholarship from Nebraska.

“You have a chip on your shoulder because for me, a Nebraska kid, I feel like we’re kind of slept on when it comes to recruiting,” said Mazour, an Albion native who won a state title for Boone Central High School. “But I got to my dream school, so all I wanted to do was work as hard as I could. Then I earned that scholarship and now I’m going to work even harder.”

Though walk-ons played often in the Mike Riley era — especially in 2016 — and Riley spoke frequently about the tradition, NU was signing fewer walk-ons in his tenure. Nebraska signed 11 in 2016, nine in 2016 and 11 in 2017. Weinmaster and Mazour were in the 2015 class.

“The walk-on program was killed,” Frost said at Big Ten media days. Nebraska now wants to sign double-digit numbers each year, eventually growing the roster to 150 players. Right now, NU’s roster is at 135 players with the departures of Tre Bryant and Jalin Barnett for health reasons.

At least in recent years, Nebraska walk-ons have been most likely to play on the offensive line. Projected starting center Cole Conrad is a former walk-on.

NU commit injured

Nebraska running back commit Ronald Thompkins on Saturday went down with an injury to his leg early in Loganville (Ga.) Grayson’s blowout win over Tucker. Thompkins, who committed to NU sight unseen over the summer, did not appear to be hit.

He missed games last season because of a knee injury.