Witty loves to hit

Nebraska lost one of the best cornerbacks in the nation to graduation for the 2011-12 season in Prince Amukamara and next season Nebraska also has highly touted Alfonzo Dennard who they will need to replace as well. The Husker staff is aggressively looking for physical, man to man cornerbacks and lead for one from Coral Springs (Flor.).

It really wasn't much of a break for Dion Witty last week. The 5-foot-11 and 175-pound cornerback from Coral Springs (Flor.) was getting in some work and trying to perfect his craft for his senior year while on his spring break from school.

"We just had spring break," Witty said. "I was getting some work in though. I have been working on my grades off the field and since I am probably going to be playing safety this year I have been working on my footwork and keeping an eye on the quarterback."

Witty is being touted to play cornerback at the next level, but hasn't played cornerback since his sophomore year. Witty says that he is comfortable at either position as long as he stays on defense.

"I played safety last year too, free safety, and I am going to play safety this year too, but I played cornerback my sophomore year. I will do some safety my senior year too.

"It really doesn't matter to me which position I play on defense because I am comfortable doing either one. I just want to play defense. I do play both ways and play wide receiver and a little running back on offense."

What makes Witty such a great prospect is his aggressive style. He is a hitter. More than that, when he's at cornerback he likes to take his man out of the play by jamming them on the line of scrimmage.

"I love to hit. That's my main thing; I like to hit people. When I am at cornerback I love to step up and jam the receiver. I like to get the quarterback looking the other way right off of the snap. I am a shut down cornerback."

Witty and his team just came away this past weekend with a championship at a seven on seven competition in Florida and will be heading to Florida. Beyond that though he hasn't been to see any schools and doesn't have any specific camp plans.

"I went to Tampa this past week for the Badger 7 on 7 camp and we won the championship. We are heading to California now. I haven't seen any schools though this spring.

"I want to go to camps and combines this summer. I went to a Nike combine last month in Miami, but I would like to do some others. I just don't have any camps or combines picked out."

There are three offers on the table right now. Witty says that he is definitely looking at one school more than the others mostly because of their tendency to produce NFL cornerbacks and their scheme.

"I have three offers right now. I have offers from Northwood University in Michigan it's a DII school, Nebraska and Iowa State. The first team to offer me was Northwood.

"Out of those three schools I really like Nebraska. I have been on the Internet and Nebraska has a cornerback that is rated as the #2 cornerback overall in the upcoming NFL draft. They also run a lot of man coverage."

There have been some changes on the Nebraska coaching staff and one of the new assistant coaches is really making an impression on Witty. Nebraska and Witty are in pretty steady contact with one another.

"Coach Corey Raymond is recruiting me from Nebraska. I talk to him every once in a while. He's the new defensive back coach at Nebraska. He sees me playing cornerback because they are losing corners; they like my aggressiveness and like me in man coverage."


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