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Huskers land JUCO offensive lineman Desmond Bland

The good news keeps rolling in for Nebraska with a commitment from offensive lineman Desmond Bland

It’s been a terrific week for all Nebraska sports and the football team added a cherry on top with a commitment from junior college lineman Desmond Bland on Friday afternoon.  Hours after adding defensive line transfer Vaha Vainuku, Desmond Bland packed on more good news with his own announcement.

The Husker coaching staff was able to make an important impression on Bland and his mother during his recent visit. Their long-term familiarity with one another played a key role in Bland’s decision to commit to Nebraska.

“I chose Nebraska because I like the coaching staff we get along well. They also stuck with me from when they were at UCF and the campus is (really) beautiful,” he said.

Bland joins the Huskers from Arizona Western Community College and was an NJCAA 1st Team All-American for the Matadors in 2016. With his athleticism, you can see why the Huskers liked Bland and how he helps the Huskers replace the loss of Michael Decker as Bland should be able to contribute immediately.

Ranked as the #2 offensive guard in the junior college ranks by 247sports, 6’4, 284lb Desmond Bland was pursued by several power 5 programs that needed immediate help along their offensive line before choosing Nebraska. Nebraska has plenty of young options growing into their roles along the offensive line but none are as proven as him.  Desmond will be in line to compete for a starting job along the interior of the line with the impending departures of seniors Jerald Foster and Tanner Farmer after the 2018 season.

Coming from Arizona Western CC, Bland joins former teammates Jaron Woodyard (WR) and Greg Bell (RB) who joined the Huskers from AWCC as a part of the 2018 recruiting class. There’s little doubt that those two played a heavy role in getting Bland to Nebraska and comfortable with the program.

Similar to Greg Bell, Desmond Bland is on pace to graduate from Arizona Western Community College this December and will have two years of eligibility when he arrives on campus.

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