It's not something you hear about every day. Heck, it's something that I personally have never heard of at all. Three trips to see four different people and all for one single recruit. That's what the Nebraska staff did today as they went from coast to coast visiting family and soon to be family in hopes of securing the commit of Justin Tomerlin. Ok, so, how did it go?
Even Justin Tomerlin said it
wasn't necessary. For what is five coaches to make three trips, one to see him
of course, but also one to see his family in California and his girlfriend who
attends Florida State. That's a lot of miles and Justin said that it shows just
how much Nebraska has interest in him. "They didn't
really need to do that," Justin said of coach Jay Norvell heading down to
visit Justin's girlfriend Kristine. "It is great that they did, though, because
we are spending the rest of our lives together, so what she thinks is pretty
important to me."
Justin has had a chance to talk
to Kristine after Norvell came by to say hello and typical to what he said about
his official visit in Lincoln, Tomerlin found himself impressed. "She
said it went good, actually real good," Justin said. "You don't know what to
expect with that, but I guess it probably went better than we thought it would,
so that's a definite positive for Nebraska."
It's been a slew of positives for
Tomerlin took his trip just this last weekend. From his checklist of 22 criteria
that he said Nebraska hit "dead on" with all of them to see what was in store
for the future, Nebraska has seemingly looked not like a team trying to get
noticed, but now the team to beat.
Tomerlin said that even if the
visit scheduled with his parents tonight with coaches John Blake and Bill Busch,
he's not going to do anything rash. "It's all been a positive, but even if it
is, I know I am not making a decision tonight or tomorrow," he said. "But,
tomorrow, I will probably know if I am going to make that visit to see
Another team that like Nebraska, has tried to
woo Tomerlin out of his current status as a commit to the Michigan State
Spartans, the Bears are trying desperately to get one of those coveted visits if
they can. Tomerlin still says that is a possibility, but he doesn't know quite
yet. "I've already talked to my girlfriend and I will talk to my dad tonight,"
Justin said. "After that, it will be time to start thinking everything
With Nebraska putting on the full court press, Tomerlin still
hasn't felt the pressure like he did when he was a prep that ultimately chose
State. Most of that feeling
of ease comes from what you might expect; age and with that, maturity. "I don't
know that I would say I know exactly what I am doing, because you never know
with stuff like this," Tomerlin said. "But, I am more careful, I look at more
things and I know that when I get this all out of the way, it's going to be the
right decision for me."
There's no timetable for Tomerlin
right now. While Cal still looms as a possible visit, Justin is
looking to take whatever amount of time he thinks it will take. With that being
said, Justin also said that before even he realizes, his decision could be right
in front of him and all he has to do is make the call. "I'm looking at having
great choices no matter who I choose out of these teams," he said. "Maybe it
will just hit me and that will be that, but I know that no matter who it is out
of those teams, I'll be going to a good place."
Tomerlin said and I will
reiterate that come tomorrow he could have a decision made as to whether or not
he will be heading on an official visit to see Cal. If he doesn't, that puts it
squarely between the Spartans and the Huskers.
Regardless of how that turns out,
Tomerlin knows what's up and he knows that with everything he's experienced over
the last week, his final choice may end up being good no matter who it is, but
that doesn't mean it's going to be easy to figure out which one it will be.
"I've got a tough choice in front of me," Justin said. "That's good, because it
means that all the schools are great institutions, but it just makes it that
much harder to decicde."
"I will sometime soon though and
I'll know that it will be the perfect decision for me."