The Nebraska football team's newest assistant has hit the ground running in more ways than one. Tony Tuioti was hired just before the spring practice session began. He's been busy coaching up the current Husker defensive line while he's also working hard to bring in the next generation. That includes a new offer to Utah defensive lineman Van Fillinger.

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Fillinger is not currently one of the top defensive lineman in the class according to 247Sports, but it appears that might be changing in the very near future.

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The Corner Canyon prospect has been getting quite a bit of attention from Power 5 teams. The Huskers came calling on Saturday night and while they have gotten their foot in the door relatively early, they're still lagging behind some pretty important rivals.

Michigan, Arizona State, and Colorado have come calling in the last week alone. Fillinger now has more than 10 offers on the table and when you look at the quality of teams that have made an offer just recently, it doesn't appear as though there is going to be any slowing down.

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Michigan could be the biggest competition for Van Fillinger

While there have been plenty of Pac 12 region teams that have come calling for the defensive end, it doesn't appear as though he is going to end up all that close to home. Originally from Utah, both his home state school, as well as BYU have also made offers but Fillinger is projected to be heading to the Midwest. The Wolverines are currently considered to be the front runner, according to 247Sports.

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That could actually be good news for the Nebraska football team. The Huskers are going after a player that has already shown he might be willing to leave the area. While the Wolverines are a formidable foe, they have beaten out Jim Harbaugh a couple of times when it comes to recruiting since Scott Frost arrived in town.

While he wasn't the first man who was mentioned for the job, Tony Tuioti might be just the man for the job, especially when the Cornhuskers are going head to head with Michigan. He spent one year on Harbaugh's staff on his way to becoming the defensive line coach for California for the last few years.

Tuioti brings plenty to the table on his own, but it certainly helps that the Nebraska football team now has a man who has seen how Michigan works on the recruiting front from the inside.

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That could be the difference maker when it comes to pulling someone like Van Fillinger to Lincoln.

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