Finnin A Husker

College of DuPage junior college offensive lineman Matt Finnin made his college decision Sunday. He talks about choosing Nebraska after his weekend official visit inside.

On his fourth official visit, junior college offensive lineman Matt Finnin knew Nebraska was the place for him.

"I am ecstatic, I just knew I needed to be there," Finnin said. "I can't really describe the feeling or why I did it, but it just felt perfect."

He added, "I didn't get that feeling on any of my other visits."

But that feeling was pretty obvious for Finnin in Lincoln.

"It was awesome, I love the coaches but I love the guys even more," Finnin said. "That was the thing with all the other schools that I visited, I really liked the coaches but I didn't know if I jelled with the players."

Another important thing for the 6-foot-7, 305 pound prospect was playing time.

"There were definitely other schools where I could have been the starter at left tackle, getting 100% of the reps, but Nebraska is just a different place," Finnin said. "I have the chance to be in the rotation because they rotate three tackles during the games and have two starters graduating."

He added, "The coaches assured me I will be fighting for a starting spot."

All in all, Finnin pulled the trigger earlier than he expected in the process.

"If someone would have told me I would end up committing before the weekend began I wouldn't have believed them," Finnin said. "Friday before I even left I went to Crete to talk to my old high school coach and just to get his thoughts. I really was talking to him about Kansas and Oklahoma and Nebraska was only in the back of my mind."

He continued, "It really came down to Oklahoma and Nebraska in the end."

That changed pretty quickly when Finnin arrived in Lincoln.

"I started really considering them seriously when I got to the visit and saw the stadium and facilities," Finnin said.

There was one moment that really inspired Finnin, who has his eye on the prize as a Husker.

"Before we left, Coach Garrison showed me clips of Ritchie Incognito and just how physical and nasty he was," Finnin said. "That is the guy I want to be for this team, he was going to put you in the ground and punch you in the mouth."

He continued, "I want to come in and have that chip on my shoulder and turn some heads."

In the meantime, Finnin took a few moments to reflect on his recruiting process -- which is now coming to an end.

"The recruiting process was more than I could have ever dreamed of," Finnin said. "Just that fact that I am going to play in the Big Ten is a big deal for me."

The Big Ten is a conference that Finnin has always been drawn too.

"I grew up watching Luke Butkus and Tony Pashos on that Illinois offensive line when they went to the sugar bowl," Finnin said. "My dad had season tickets and we didn't miss a game."

He added, "It's really a dream come true to be playing the likes of Purdue, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and the Big Ten slate."

There is one other big advantage of playing in the Big Ten.

"Plus, playing Illinois in Champaign, Northwestern in Evanston and Purdue in West Lafayette means that my dad can come see some games," Finnin said.

Which means a lot to one of the newest members of the Husker family.

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