"We just won the National Championship!" Cockrell said. "We won 52-32. It was really still a dogfight the whole time. It was against Georgia Military. They were No. 1 and we were No. 2."
Cockrell originally planned on not committing until after the national title game. That changed as he continued to think about his opportunity at Nebraska. Cockrell will sign the 18th with Nebraska and will enroll in January.
"I really felt like it was a good situation. They lose four cornerbacks and I know that it's a big leap for me in competition, but I can come in and work hard for an opportunity. I can enroll in January and that will help give me a chance to learn."
The Nebraska coaches prepared Cockrell on his official visit by telling them to watch Ciante Evans on defense and that would be the spot he would could fill.
"The Nebraska staff really likes me because I can play safety or cornerback. They are talking like I could come in and do both, but they like me because I am physical and I can run, and they want me to focus on cornerback and nickel."