Tight end Justin Tomerlin had a strong spring camp and enters the fall hopeful of earning playing time at one of Nebraska’s deepest positions. The 6-6, 265-pound Tomerlin possesses the physical tools to be an outstanding receiving and blocking presence for the Husker offense. A talented player on both sides of the ball, Tomerlin spent 2005 at defensive end, but sat out the year as a redshirt. Tomerlin joined the Husker program in 2005 after one season at Butler County Community College.
A reserve defensive end, Tomerlin sat out the year as a redshirt.
Before Nebraska (Butler County CC/San Clemente HS)
Tomerlin was one of three 2005 Nebraska signees from Butler County CC, joining Frantz Hardy and Zac Taylor. The threesome helped Butler County and Coach Troy Morrell to an 11-1 record and the NJCAA championship game in 2004. Tomerlin starred at defensive end with 57 tackles, including 24 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks during his only season of action. He earned second-team all-conference honors at Butler County CC, and also earned junior college academic All-America honors. Tomerlin was a four-star recruit in the Rivals.com five-star ranking system and was the No. 43 overall junior college recruit according to SuperPrep Magazine.
Tomerlin originally signed with Florida State out of San Clemente (Calif.) High School, but never played at the school. In high school, Tomerlin was a dominant force. He had 19 sacks and 28 tackles for loss as a senior, earning him first-team all-state honors. During his junior season at San Clemente High School, Tomerlin had 58 total tackles, including a single-season record 26 sacks. Tomerlin chose Nebraska after also visiting Michigan State.
Justin is the son of Mike and Lynn Tomerlin, and was born on Dec. 27, 1982. He is majoring in communication studies.