Second Husker commit in town for 10/16

August 26 was a big day for Husker fans. Although Big Red Report knew of the imminent commitment of two teammates the night before the news wasn't broke to the Nebraska coaches until that morning. That morning started the day out well for Nebraska.

Calvin Mickens joined his teammate Wallace Franklin and committed to Nebraska. There seemed to be some thought that maybe Mickens wasn't as interested in Nebraska if he was asked to play defense. He cleared that up with his commitment.

A little over a month later and Beaumont (Texas) Ozen is four games into the season and off to a 3-1 record. Although they were predicted by some to finish third in their district they already knocked off the predicted second place school, Nederland.

"It's going real well," Mickens said. "That's a big district game for us. I have two interceptions and one I returned for a touchdown."

In a previous update by Big Red Report on Wallace Franklin it was out that these two have a friendly competition on who has the best stats. So far, Mickens has only hauled in two interceptions to Franklin's four, but he leads Franklin in tackles.

"We're keeping track of interceptions, tackles, yards and touchdowns. It's from our offensive and defensive stats."

Don't let anyone tell you that these kids aren't competitive. They were nearly identical at two camps this summer where they ran the forty and shuttle run in about the same time. The biggest advantage went to Mickens in the vertical jump.

Mickens at 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds ran a 4.41/40, 4.1 second shuttle and had a vertical of 36" at the McNeese and TCU camps. Franklin came in at 6-foot-3.5 and 180 ran a 4.39/40, 4-flat shuttle and a 30" vertical.

Mickens is expected to play defense at Nebraska and with Franklin are patrolling the secondary for Ozen. Both occasionally though will line up on offense. "Both of us are really are playing exclusively on defense. We just go in on a couple of snaps on offense. We have a lot of depth at the receiver spot."

While Franklin is expected to play receiver and do some returning duties, Mickens is being looked to play cornerback and some free safety. Mickens, with Franklin, performs returning duties in high school, but is not being told that he is being looked at as a returner.

Mickens committed to Nebraska over about 10 other offers without having seen the school. He is planning on taking his first trip to Nebraska as an official for the Baylor game on 10/16.

"I want to see the facilities. I want to see how the campus is laid out and how far the housing is from the field house and the stadium. I'm looking forward to it."

Although Mickens has been a solid Nebraska commit for over a month, Missouri and New Mexico have continued to recruit Mickens despite his pledge. "They're not backing off on me."

Mickens has seen Nebraska on television three times this season. He watched the Southern Miss, Pittsburgh and Kansas games on television. When asked if he thought he could play right away he said, "I think so."

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