TCU lands JD Spielman, Nebraska's third all-time leading receiver, for his final season

Sam Cooper
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Another high-profile player is heading to TCU.

JD Spielman, one of Nebraska’s all-time leading receivers, will play his final season of college football for the Horned Frogs. Because he did not graduate from Nebraska, Spielman needs an NCAA waiver in order to play immediately in 2020. 247Sports.com is reporting that the waiver has been granted, but ESPN’s Mark Schlabach reported Sunday that there are still a few steps to take before the waiver is official.

Spielman, who is third all-time in Nebraska history in receptions (170) and receiving yards (2,546), took a leave of absence from Nebraska in March to attend to a “personal health matter.” He never returned to Lincoln and entered his name into the transfer portal in June. Spielman led the Huskers with 49 catches for 898 yards in 2019. He caught 15 touchdowns over three seasons with Nebraska and also has three career special teams touchdowns — one kickoff return and two punt returns.

Should Spielman be eligible to play in 2020, he would provide a reliable option for second-year starting quarterback Max Duggan and help TCU fill the void left by Jalen Reagor, a first-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Nebraska wide receiver JD Spielman, right, makes a catch in front of Indiana defensive back Juwan Burgess (5) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Former Nebraska wide receiver JD Spielman will play his final season of college football at TCU. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Another big pickup for TCU

Spielman is the second notable transfer addition for TCU in recent days. Last week, the program added Marcel Brooks, a linebacker formerly of LSU. Brooks, a five-star recruit in the 2019 class, played in 11 games as a backup for the national champions as a true freshman — and was primed for a bigger role in 2020 following Patrick Queen’s decision to leave Baton Rouge for the NFL. However, Brooks, a native of Flower Mound, Texas, wanted to transfer closer to home and chose to play for Gary Patterson in nearby Fort Worth.

Earlier this offseason, TCU brought in T.J. Storment, a graduate transfer from Colorado State. Storment, an offensive tackle, started all 12 games on the left side for the Rams in 2019. TCU is the fourth school on Storment’s college football journey. Storment started his career at Old Dominion and spent one year in junior college before landing at CSU. Now he is projected to start for the Horned Frogs.

The roster additions don’t end there. TCU also signed running back Zachary Evans, the top-rated prospect at his position in the class of 2020. Evans, a Houston native, had a wild recruitment. He even signed with Georgia at one point, but was released from his national letter of intent before signing with TCU in May.

TCU is coming off a 5-7 record in 2019. The Horned Frogs were scheduled to open the season on the road against Cal, but that game was canceled after the Pac-12 decided to play a conference-only season due to the coronavirus pandemic. TCU’s Week 2 game against Prairie View A&M is also in jeopardy after Brett McMurphy reported that the SWAC will cancel fall sports on Monday. SWAC commissioner Charles McClelland, however, told KTVE that no decision has been made yet.

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