Huskers looking good for tall Texas CB

If only to be able to run the 4.4/40 and have a 36" vertical jump for only a day. For this Texas cornerback that is an everyday thing -- run fast and jump high. That's not all though. On the football field he is pretty good.

We first told you about Wallace Franklin of Beaumont (Texas) Ozen and now you will hear about his counter-part, Calvin Mickens. Both, physically, are about identical.

Both Calvin and Wallace are about the same height and weight. Where you find the first difference is where they are getting offered to play. While the schools are almost exactly the same, all see Franklin as a wide receiver and some see Mickens as a receiver and others as a defensive back.

"I have five offers. Nebraska, UTEP, Tulsa, Texas A&M and Auburn have offered. Nebraska, Auburn and Texas A&M are offering me as a corner back and Tulsa and UTEP as a wide receiver."

Although he prefers playing wide receiver on the field, the 6-foot-2 and 185 pound Mickens, won't let that be the deciding factor to play him on defense instead of offense.

Athletically, he's a stud. At the McNeese and TCU camps this summer he ripped off a 4.41/40, 36" vertical jump and a 4.1 second shuttle. Last year he had 15 receptions for 356 yards and two touchdowns.

Out of his offers do any teams stand out? "Nebraska and that's it. I'm kind of leaning towards there. Distance isn't an issue. Coach Blake is recruiting me."

Mickens is planning on taking an unofficial to Nebraska on August 28th. There are some things that he is looking for on his visit. "I will be looking at the coaching staff, the student to teacher ratio of their classes, the facilities and the area."

If everything goes right for Mickens could he pull the trigger on a commitment in Lincoln? "Yes sir."

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