Huskers are solid leader after visit

Byerson Cockrell is a new name to most Nebraska fans, but they will be thinking about him a lot over the next two and a half weeks. Cockrell has one game left to play and will sign his letter of intent on December 18th.

Byerson Cockrell from Scooba (Miss.) East Mississippi C.C. took his second official visit this week to see Nebraska. The junior college defensive back was on his way to the airport when he caught up with to talk about his visit.

"The visit went very well," Cockrell said on his way to the airport. "I liked it a lot. I got in about noon on Thursday and saw most of the football facilities and part of the campus.

"I also went and had Thanksgiving dinner with the team and met a lot of the players and met all of the coaches. I also went to team meetings and really felt like I was part of the team."

On Friday the Huskers played an early game. Cockrell said that he loved being out on the field before the game looking up at the size of the stadium and all of the fans in the seats.

"I really liked the stadium. They have a lot of fans there every week, like 92,000. Players love big crowds. The fans were lined up around the tunnel walk yelling our names and shaking our hands."

The Nebraska staff gave Cockrell the name and the jersey number of the player they wanted him to pay close attention to during the game. Cockrell felt like he could play that spot at the end of the game.

"I think that the cornerback position in their defense is a great spot for me. They told me to watch No. 17, Ciante Evans, because they want me to come in and play his position next year. They like me as a cornerback and as a nickel."

Cockrell was set up with a host that also plays in the secondary and is from the same part of the nation as he is. There was a lot to talk about when it came to the position, the coach, the program and how the host could contrast Nebraska to the school he attended previously.

"My host was Jonathan Rose who transferred to Nebraska from Auburn. He told me about Coach Terry Joseph and how things work there on the field, in the weight room and in the classroom. He liked it in comparison to Auburn where he was."

The visit gets a high rating from Cockrell, but not a perfect one. He couldn't think of anything that he would change about the weekend and looking back at the trip he says that he was the most impressed with the fan support that the Huskers receive.

"It was a "9". I liked it, a lot. I really liked the fans the most looking back at it. They are very loyal and sell out the stadium every week."

There isn't anything that Cockrell has planned beyond playing his last junior college football game next weekend before making a decision. There could be some other schools that try to enter the picture late that he knows about, but he will sign in mid-December and Nebraska is now his solid leader.

"Nebraska is my leader, but I didn't commit. I am not really waiting on anything in particular. I have one more game to play on December 8th. I know that there are some other schools interested and want to see me play and I will sign my letter of intent on December 18th."

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Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 12 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 14 years.
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