Whitaker is Lucky 13

Vista Murrieta HS (CA) offensive guard Corey Whitaker was scheduled to see Oregon this weekend. He has since canceled. The reason? He wants to be a Nebraska Cornhusker. Come inside to learn more. If you don't have a premium membership, you are missing out.

In a matter of three days, Nebraska's commitment list has grown from 11 to 13.

On Monday night, fresh off a visit to Lincoln over the weekend, Vista Murrieta HS (CA) offensive guard Corey Whitaker committed to the Huskers, joining other California players like quarterback Taylor Martinez and defensive end Eric Martin to head to the Midwest from the Golden State.

"The facilities were great first of all, I thought it was one of those things that I liked it when I first walked in," said Whitaker to Big Red Report. "Nobody had to try to say anything or convince me. The facilities were right there and they were amazing.

"I also got the aspect from the coaches on how much they liked me as a player. It was a big thing for me as well."

With his decision, Whitaker takes himself off the market less than eight days to National Signing Day.

"It's a huge relief, a huge weight off my shoulders – something that has been working on me for the last three months or so," said the 2012 prospect. "I felt that going into my senior season, I would have the phone ringing off the hook, so I was a little more conservative on staying away from going all out there. I was obviously wrong for doing that, but coming down these last few months, I still had confidence and trusted my gut feeling that a big school would come around and it would be the right fit for me."

Whitaker also had offers from Fresno State, Idaho, Nevada, San Diego State, and San Jose State. He was scheduled to take an official visit to Oregon this weekend, but has since canceled.

"I'm tough and hard nosed," said Whitaker. "A lot of people overlooked at me, so I'm obviously going to have a lot of payback to get. I will have a bit of chip on my shoulder."

It was reported by FoxSportsNext West Field Reporter Annabel Stephan on Sunday night that Whitaker was hosted by Nebraska center Cole Pensick over the weekend. The two talked about the transition from high school to college, while Whitaker toured the facilities.

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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