Tolbert redshirted during his first season as a Husker.
Wide receiver Jariah Tolbert was one of three players from Edna Karr High School in New Orleans to join the Huskers in the 2014 signing class. Tolbert was joined by teammates Glenn Irons and Jaevon Walton, marking the first time Nebraska signed three players from the same high school since NU signed three players from Lakeview Centennial High School in Texas in 1989. Tolbert earned honorable-mention LSWA Class 4A all-state honors this season, helping Coach Nathaniel Jones' Edna Karr team to a 13-3 record and a third straight trip to the state finals. The 6-3, 185-pound Tolbert caught 56 passes for 875 yards and 12 touchdowns to help lead a powerful offensive attack. In 2012, Tolbert was one of the top targest in the passing game, and his play helped Edna Karr to a perfect 14-0 season and the Class 4A state title. Edna Karr also reached the state finals during Tolbert's sophomore season, compiling an 11-4 record. Tolbert was ranked among the top 50 players in Louisiana in the 247 Sports composite rankings. He only visited Nebraska, but also had offers from Utah, Kent State and Tulane. Tolbert was born on Jan. 15, 1996, and is the son of Randy Tolbert.