According to the Omaha World Herald, a former Nebraska recruiting target and three-star running back from the 2019 class is set to join the Huskers as a walk-on this fall.
John Bivens kept a low profile during his initial courtship with NU two years ago and did so again this time, simply posting “RB @ The University of Nebraska” on his Twitter page. A Nebraska spokesperson confirmed the status of the back to The World-Herald, though Bivens didn’t respond to a World-Herald request for comment. Bivens is also listed in the school’s student directory, according to the registrar’s office.
A knee injury late in Bivens’ junior season cost him his entire senior year in 2018. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound rusher from Dayton (Ohio) Archbishop Alter still received recruiting attention and included Nebraska among his finalists with USC, Louisville and Kentucky. He came to Lincoln for the 2018 spring game and took an official visit in January 2019 but never received the green light from coaches to commit.
The addition brings extra depth to a group of NU running backs that could use it. Senior Dedrick Mills is entrenched as the starter. The other scholarship players are redshirt freshmen Rahmir Johnson and Ronald Thompkins and true freshmen Sevion Morrison and Marvin Scott. Thompkins, like Bivens, suffered a severe knee injury in high school.