Huskers making a late push for Frankie

Things are wrapping up for the recruiting year in 2011 with signing day the first Wednesday in February and the Nebraska staff has been busy. One minute they are in Hawaii, the next they are in the living room of a player in Texas then yesterday they were in Tampa, Flor. The Nebraska staff apparently liked what they saw when they stopped in at Robinson High School in Tampa yesterday.

The Nebraska staff has been tough to keep up with. They have literally gone coast to coast and recently were in Tampa at Robinson High School to see Frankie Williams, a 5-foot-10 and 170-pound cornerback.

"They were here just yesterday," Coach Mike DePue said. "Coach Bo Pelini was with me in my office for a good deal of time, about an hour, and we watched film together and talked about Frankie.

"Frankie came in after about an hour and I left Frankie with Coach Pelini for a good half hour, plus. That's how I like to do that and let them develop the relationship without people standing over them. I believe Frankie is heading up there next weekend (for a visit)."

The Nebraska staff had a long talk with Coach DePue where it was communicated that there will be some holes in the secondary next season after losing five seniors to graduation. Coach DePue was able to chime in with Frankie about some history of the Nebraska Blackshirts.

"Frankie is a two-way player, but Nebraska is looking at Williams to be a cover corner and a return guy. They are losing five defensive backs. I gave Frankie some history of the Blackshirts.

"We had Armando Murillo and he was a Blackshirt. To tell him that history, his eyes got a little bright on that. That was just about Nebraska, but North Carolina State, Cincinnati, Purdue and Texas Tech are all right there."

The trip might need to be confirmed, but Coach DePue said it's the trip then some time then a decision for Williams. "He will take the trip to Nebraska and he will make a decision, between he and his family, and that will be a solid decision for him."

Coach DePue gives a lot of credit to Williams for the success that the program at Robinson has enjoyed with Williams on the field. As a college cornerback Coach DePue thinks that Williams brings a lot to the table.

"He's got great feet, great leaping ability, he's physical and the bottom line is that he's a competitor. He willed us to win after losing a lot of players from last year. He was the key player for us in turning around a program."

There have been a lot of college head coaches that have visited Robinson High School this year. Robinson will probably have six or seven guys sign letters of intent. But, there were a couple of things that set Coach Bo Pelini apart from the others that visited.

"I have been around a long time and have seen a lot of head coaches come and go, but to see a guy come into your office with a National Championship ring from LSU and a Super Bowl ring. That was pretty special."


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