Huskers looking in Oklahoma again

Last year Nebraska was successful in luring away two of the state of Oklahoma's best players to come to Lincoln. Much of the credit on both of the commitments goes to John Blake. Blake, who once was the head coach at Oklahoma, is at it again targeting not just a player from Oklahoma, but a player who plays at the position he coaches.

The name Gerald McCoy will be one of the biggest to come out of Oklahoma this year. The defensive tackle from Oklahoma City (Okla.) Southeast comes in at 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds. He's an active defensive tackle who can stop the run as well as rush the quarterback.

Those skills are the reason why both of the in-state schools have already ponied up offers. But beyond those two huge offers, he is holding three others and others appear to be on their way soon.

"I'm up to about 5 offers. I have one from LSU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Iowa State and Kansas," McCoy said. "Florida sounds like they want to make an offer, but they aren't really sure yet."

While Florida seems to be the closest to offering McCoy there are others whose interest appears to McCoy to indicate an offer is close. "Nebraska, USC, TCU, and Notre Dame all seem close to offering. It's tough to keep all of it straight."

McCoy and his teammates don't have spring practice, but they are doing what they can as a team to be ready for this fall. "We are going out there and running new plays. We aren't allowed to wear pads yet. We have conditioning too."

When asking McCoy to break down his own play he says that his physical strength helps him dominate opposing teams the most. "For one, I'm strong. I'm quick off the ball, I have good footwork and I have good hands. I never stop moving. My legs are my real strength. I squat 700 pounds. I run a 5.0/40."

While McCoy possesses very good speed for a man of his size, he says that is something that he will be concentrating on improving this spring and summer. "Speed! I want my 40 time to be in the 4-second range. I want a sub-five second 40. I want to run a consistent 4.9/40."

Last year McCoy took in only one camp. This year, he has one coming up in two weeks already and has already been to one spring game with others on the menu. The problem that he is facing though right now is scheduling.

"I went to the Oklahoma camp. That was the only one. I am going to the Nike camp at TCU on the 23rd. I just went to the Oklahoma spring games. I might go to Miami's or Georgia's. This weekend I am going to Oklahoma State's spring game. I've been asked to go to Nebraska's spring game. All of the "big name" schools we thought about going to them. We have to map out the schedule, but in the midst of doing all of these spring games and junior days we have the Nike Combine."

Despite holding five offers and receiving considerable interest from some of the top programs in the nation, McCoy claims that everyone is even and that an evaluation will come one day on all of the schools that have offered.

"I don't have a main school of interest. I'm just waiting to see what happens. When I get all of my offers from the schools and I will go over them and decide from there."

While Nebraska has yet to offer McCoy, there are some pretty telling remarks by Nebraska to McCoy that makes him believe that they are close.

"I'm getting hand-written letters from them and they are telling me that I am one of their top prospects. They are saying that they are leaning towards making an offer. Coach John Blake is recruiting me for Nebraska. I haven't had a chance to really talk to him. He was at my school earlier this year. NCAA rules wouldn't me to talk to him."

When asked to comment on his feelings about Nebraska, given that he grew up following neighboring Oklahoma, he had some very positive things to say about the Cornhuskers. "I like Nebraska. Nebraska is cool. They have a good program up there. They've always had a good program. I liked Coach Blake at Oklahoma and he is a good recruiter too."

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