LINCOLN–(KFOR June 12)–Rutgers tight end Travis Vokolek has connections to the state of Nebraska, which may have swayed him to transfer to play football for the Huskers.

His father, DJ Vokolek, is a 1987 graduate and former athlete at Lincoln Northeast, played football at Nebraska-Kearney and has coached football at the college level in Nebraska, serving as an assistant at Omaha and Wayne State. DJ Vokolek also served as assistant coach at Northern Iowa in the early 2000s, along side current Husker assistants Mario Verduzzco and Erik Chinander.

Travis Vokolek’s mother, Pam, is a 1986 Northeast graduate and was inducted into the Northeast Athletic Hall of Fame.  She also lettered in volleyball at UNK.

On Tuesday, Travis Vokolek announced his intentions to transfer to Nebraska on Twitter, after entering the transfer portal.  He would have to sit out the 2019 season but has two years of eligibility remaining.

At Rutgers, the 6-6, 250 pound Vokolek caught 16 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns in his sophomore campaign.

Travis Vokolek will join other decorated Husker tight ends, including redshirt junior Jack Stoll, redshirt sophomores Austin Allen and Kurt Rafdal and redshirt freshman Katerian Legrone.