It's a "10" for Thompson

Nebraska is trying to finish up a recruiting class and with four weekends to do it in January that might mean visitors each week leading up to signing day. Corey Thompson, a big safety from Missouri City (Texas) Elkins was one of two visitors in town this weekend. His father talked to about the visit…

Corey Thompson, a highly regarded and recruited safety/linebacker, from Missouri City (Texas) Elkins is on his way back home to Texas. Corey and his father, Tony, were in Nebraska for the weekend for an official visit.

"We got in on Friday," Tony Thompson said. "I can't even remember. It's been a long trip. It's been a whirlwind. It was great to see the athletic side in Lincoln and obviously to get a good look at the academic side."

Mr. Thompson came away impressed with the athletic offerings that Nebraska has. The facilities are impressive in Lincoln and he believes that Coach Pelini has them on the right track. Nebraska knows they are just looking for a couple more guys.

"Nebraska football is everything in Nebraska and very important to them. They have top-notch facilities and I think that they take very good care of their athletes there. Things are going in the right direction for Nebraska. They are a great program.

"Nebraska football went through some changes years back, obviously, and I think that Coach Bo Pelini is taking them back in the direction that they want to go. They are looking for a couple more players, a couple more pieces, to help get them there."

The personality of Coach Pelini is something that Mr. Thompson definitely noted. He said that you will always know where you stand with a coach like Pelini and it was something that he and his son came away impressed with.

"He's a direct, up-front kind of guy. He's very honest, I think. Some people can handle that and some people can't. I think that is a great quality to have in a coach because you know what he is thinking and there is no guess work. I think Corey liked that."

Nebraska was really missing that Eric Hagg type of player. The type of player that could play anywhere from a nickel to dime, get back as a safety and then come down into the box. Thompson is pegged to be that type of player.

"They like Corey's size, speed and ability to cover ground. They have a void there. The opportunity is there for Corey to come in and try and earn a spot. They are a physical defense which plays to Corey's strengths. They want a guy that can cover and can move down in the box so they don't have to take him off the field."

The academic side was something that Mr. Thompson and Corey also were impressed with in Lincoln. They saw not only the academic facilities but saw the plan that would allow his son to study and graduate before his eligibility ran out.

"Corey is interested in civil engineering. We met with the people from the college and had a nice tour. They have excellent facilities and we had a very, very good talk with that department. We felt strongly about what we saw.

"The level of involvement and the level of help available to the student athletes are tremendous. Going in I knew that Nebraska had a lot of academic All-Americans. Corey could definitely get everything that he needs when it comes to help working with the curriculum.

"The access is there for the students when it comes to help and to facilities. My big thing for Corey was before his eligibility was up I wanted him graduated and the way that they do things it sounds like they have a plan in place for that."

The visit against expectations by Corey's father got a perfect score. Mr. Thompson was impressed with the program and the assets at the players' disposal.

"I would rate it a "10". They run a top-notch program. It would be very, very hard for those kids not to succeed with everything that they have in place, the emphasis on academics and the level of coaching that they receive.

"There is a mystique about Nebraska football and obviously it's a great place. Corey had never been to Nebraska and it's been quite some time since I have been here and some things have changed. I think that he was impressed and he was adamant about taking the trip. I think everything he saw was top-notch."

The decision for Thompson is still likely weeks away and in those weeks there will probably be three more visits to come. Mr. Thompson said that there isn't a reason to be overly dramatic about an announcement or wait until signing day. They just want to make the best decision possible.

"I think we are going to take the remainder of our visits, but Nebraska set a very high mark. We will go to Texas A&M next weekend, LSU the week after and Oklahoma State the last week. We are not going to play up the decision. As a family we are going to talk about what Corey likes.

"We are not going to try and hold anyone in suspense over this. We are just trying to make an educated decision and work with Corey's comfort level."

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for nine years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 11 years. His work can also be seen in's SuperPrep Magazine.
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