Matt Rhule has been doing his best to improve Nebraska’s roster in short order as head coach of the Huskers. To do that, he has brought in a number of key transfers, including former 5-star prospect Arik Gilbert.

Gilbert arrives at Nebraska after spending last season at Georgia and beginning his career at LSU via the 2020 recruiting class. He also needs a waiver from the NCAA in order to play for the Huskers immediately in the 2023 season.

During Thursday’s press conference, Rhule said the matter was “completely out of my hands.” He also did not have any sort of timetable for when Nebraska will receive a decision on the matter.

“When I took Arik, I said, ‘Hey, this is a long-term play for you and your future.’ If it works out that he can play this year, which I believe he should be able to, then great,” said Rhule via Husker Online. “And if he can’t, then we’re going to help him get ready for next year or for the NFL.

“I’ve seen a lot in football and I think a lot of these guys need somebody to give them a chance — like a real chance — to do things the right way. I like him a lot, so we’re doing that. He’s doing excellent in school. Great kid, so I hope it works out for him.”

Gilbert had 35 catches for 368 yards and 2 touchdowns as a true freshman at LSU but posted just 2 catches for 16 yards and a touchdown while at Georgia. We’ll see if the latest change of scenery and new system under Rhule provides Gilbert with a chance to break out with Nebraska.