Going into his official visit to Nebraska, Butler County rush end/tight end had a huge list of things that he was looking for from the Huskers. 22 things to be exact. Criteria ranging from the school, the academics to the future and even the climate. Now, that visit in the books, Tomerlin talked about it and if Nebraska hit those criteria or if he's cemented now for Michigan State.
Butler County's Justin Tomerlin had a list 22
things on that list were what he was looking for in a school. Not just
though, as this list has been a by-product of his experience with many schools,
all stemming from his high school recruiting experience.
Justin took that list to
Lincoln, ran down that list over the almost two
days of his visit and took his own measure of what kind of place Nebraska was.
The Huskers came out pretty
"They hit them all dead on,"
Tomerlin said of Nebraska scoring positives in the criteria he
had laid out. "And, I have to tell you, I didn't think they could. I really
wasn't expecting much when I got here."
Justin, a current verbal to
State said that this visit
was an honest visit to get an idea of what other schools had to offer, but when
it came to actually agreeing to make the visit, Tomerlin said that he was partly
doing it for himself, but more to placate a close friend and former teammate. "I
was doing it basically because Zac (Taylor) wanted me to check it out. When I
got here, I was thinking that Nebraska had about a 10 percent chance."
"Things a lot different now." He
It's funny about expectations.
Sometimes they are too high, sometimes too low, but when you go to a place
expecting little to nothing that would sway you as to your current status as a
commit to another team, you could be looking to simply get the trip over with
and move on.
Justin said that to an extent, he
had that mind-set, thinking that he would go through the motions, but by the end
of the day, he would still be securely a future Spartan. "I didn't know anything
coming into this outside of the runs they had in the mid-90s and early 70s,"
Tomerlin said. "There was no way in the world I was expecting what I experienced
"Nebraska totally blew me away."
What took Tomerlin aback wasn't
any one thing that might have been on his checklist, but a host of things and
even in that short amount of time he had to take it all in, he took a lot of it
in. "I had my list and it was just a bunch of these little things," he said.
kept hitting them and kept hitting them and it was like this place was too good
to be true."
"And, after I talked to coach
Callahan for like an hour and a half, that pretty much cemented the experience
Tomerlin said that going into his
trip the Spartans were sitting pretty good as at best, Nebraska was looking at
having around a 25 percent chance for him. Now, Justin is heading back to
Kansas with a
whole different number in mind. "It's fifty-fifty," Justin said. "Believe me, I
never would have thought that I would be leaving thinking a lot of the stuff I
am. I didn't think that Nebraska could show me enough to get to this
"They did, though, and when you
look at this crazy fan-base, the facilities they are putting up, the coaches
they have who are all awesome, Nebraska is going to be in a short time making a
180 degree turn. It's hard not to want to be a part of that."
As much of home run Nebraska hit over this
weekend, Justin didn't commit, resolved to make sure that everyone in his life
is going to be involved in the overall process of making sure about the Division
1-A school he attends.
From his parents in California to his girlfriend in Florida, everyone is
going to have at least some say in his final choice.
To that end, Tomerlin said that
wasting the opportunity to put the Huskers over the top, coaches from NU making
trips all in the same day to see those people that will be significant in his
final decision. "I know there are a couple of coaches coming here, a couple of
coaches going to California to see my parents and a couple going to see my
girlfriend in Florida and all in the same day," Justin said. "They understand
how important they all are in my decision, so they are going out on Tuesday and
after that, I will figure out everything with all of them not long after."
By Wednesday or Thursday
according to Tomerlin, possible visits to Cal and Georgia looking rather
unlikely. But, Justin still isn't totally committing to anything. "I am making
the decision for myself after everything is all said and done," he said. "But, I
am thinking that I will know what I want to do pretty soon after I sit down and
talk to my girlfriend and my family."
Even if he does come to a
decision right away, Justin said that more than likely, he'll wait until signing
day to reveal just where that will be, but for Husker fans, they can at least be
satisfied in knowing that Nebraska did exactly what they needed to do to make
sure that they are one of his top choices when February 2nd
"For me and I judge it
differently than some people, but this trip was definitely a 10," Tomerlin said.
"Outside of picking the state up and moving it a little farther south, I
wouldn't change a thing about Nebraska. I like what they are doing, the
future they have and it I think that things are going to be pretty good for