Iowa Western's Joshua Wegener, the top-rated juco center, to walk on at Nebraska

Joshua Wegener visited Nebraska on Sunday and announced Thursday after informing other coaches of his decision.

Josh Wegener is the latest newcomer to the Nebraska football team. But for the next five months, he’ll be back home executing a three-part plan.

Work. Work out. Rehab.

The Iowa Western offensive lineman announced Thursday on social media that he was committing to the Huskers. Rated the No. 1 junior college center by JCGridiron.com, the native of Algona, Iowa, will continue to recover from a torn ligament in his foot before arriving in Lincoln for summer conditioning.

“Getting my opportunity to play at the highest level possible was always my goal and that’s what helped me land at Nebraska and do the walk-on thing,” Wegener told The World-Herald. “But I feel like I can play at that level and can’t wait to get a chance.”

The 6-foot-2, 280-pound Wegener held multiple offers from Division II schools out of high school but chose Iowa Western. He played five games at defensive tackle for the Reivers in 2017 before suffering a torn ACL. He agreed to move to offensive line the next spring and won the starting center job, playing nine games before the foot injury.

Wegener will technically be the second Iowa Western player to end up on Nebraska’s roster. The first was O-lineman Brian Perez, who was a reserve tight end at IWCC in 2017 before landing in Lincoln thanks to a walk-on tryout this fall.

Wegener said Nebraska encouraged him to wait to arrive until the summer because he could earn better academic scholarships. The 20-year-old prospect left Iowa Western with a 4.0 grade-point average this month.

Iowa State — his favorite childhood team — also offered a walk-on spot, Wegener said, and he turned down full athletic scholarships from a variety of lower-level schools. He visited Nebraska on Sunday and announced only Thursday after informing other coaches of his decision.

“Signing day isn’t really for walk-ons,” Wegener said. “I won’t be going down until the summer, so there’s really no rush.”

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