Damore'ea Stringfellow was supposed to fill the void left by Monte Harrison.
When Harrison decided to pursue a professional baseball career over attending college, fans were left wondering who the Huskers would recruit in his place. That's what made transfer wide receiver Stringfellow so appealing.
Stringfellow would likely have had to sit out his first year with the Huskers. That was no issue, though. With seniors Kenny Bell, Tyler Evans and Jamal Turner on the team, Stringfellow would have had a year to learn and prepare to take over in 2015.
Nothing was set in stone though, which allowed Stringfellow to change his mind. With that option still available, the former Washington wide receiver flipped his commitment from Nebraska to Ole Miss after visiting Oxford, Miss., as reported by 247Sports.
Unfortunately, his switch in commitment leaves Nebraska back at square one.
While the present is still secure at wide receiver, the Huskers' long-term future is now in question. This comes on the heels of also losing Spencer Tears.
What does that leave Nebraska with? Brandon Vogel of HailVarsity.com summed it up:
That leaves Nebraska with three underclassmen wide receivers — Jordan Westerkamp, Alonzo Moore, Kevin Gladney — on scholarship on the current roster, and three true freshman. Two of those, Demornay Pierson-El and Glenn Irons, are smaller slot-type receivers. The third, Jariah Tolbert, at least fits the mold of an outside wide receiver (6-3, 190) but his time in Lincoln didn’t get off to an ideal start after he was arrested last weekend.
That definitely puts the Huskers in a tough spot. So where does the team go from there?
"Obviously wide receiver is a big need," said JC Shurburtt, 247Sport's national recruiting director. "I expect them to go out and expand their board a little bit and maybe look into the JUCO ranks."
As far as who the Huskers should look for, Shurburtt thinks the Huskers just need to be patient.
Now it's just a matter of Nebraska finding those players as they come forward. Shurburtt is confident Bo Pelini and staff will.
"There's always good JUCO wide receivers all over the place," he said. "That's a position that's plentiful and I certainly think the Huskers will find their share and replenish their numbers."
Losing Stringfellow still hurts, though. With Harrison gone, he was expected to fill the missing void. Shurburtt acknowledged that. "It's a blow, not even so much for this season, but for future seasons."
Going forward, the Huskers will have to be focused on finding players to fill the position, especially ones that fit the mold of an outside wide receiver.
What's important to remember is what Shurburtt said. The wide receiver position truly is plentiful. While back at square one, that's good news for the Huskers.
Now Pelini and staff just have to find those players.
All quotes were obtained firsthand, unless otherwise noted.