I apologize for the delay and appreciate your time in helping me with this.
I offset my feet tonight in practice as you said, and that helped tremendously. I also noticed at the beginning of the night that I was pushing uke away while entering--I was misunderstanding the way the kuzushi is applied, and my early push/pull was also contributing to the problem.
But you were right; when i deliberately offset my feet from my partner's, the rest fell into place rather quickly. Thank you very much for your help.