Cockrell gives the Huskers 18

JUCO defensive back Byerson Cockrell wasn't going to make a decision before his JUCO National Championship on Sunday, but decided he couldn't wait any longer.

It seemed like only a matter of time. On Friday, around 48 hours before the biggest game of his life, East Mississippi junior college defensive back Byerson Cockrell committed to Nebraska.

The projected nickelback confirmed the news in a text message to Big Red Report, but politely declined an interview at this time. East Mississippi will play for the National Junior College Championship this Sunday against Georgia Military College and the defensive back wants to focus on the game.

Cockrell who visited during the Nebraska/Iowa game, left Lincoln as a guy who sounded like he was going to eventually be a Husker.

"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," Cockrell told BigRedReport after his visit. "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."

After a great visit, Nebraska's Terry Joseph and head coach Bo Pelini sealed the deal with an in-home visit to Cockrell's mother on Wednesday.

Cockrell will be able to enroll at a four-year school in January and will have a redshirt year available.

The Huskers beat out Southern Miss, Middle Tennessee State, Northern Colorado, and Louisiana-Monroe for Cockrell's services. Schools like Cal and Kansas State were also starting to recruit the cornerback, but the Huskers got the jump on the JUCO product.

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