Getting To Know: Major Culbert

Major Culbert could be one of a handfew of true freshman that you would expect to see on the field next year. He wants to be on the field next year. He knows that the position at safety is wide open and he plans on coming in, getting familiar with the situation and getting right down to business. Here is Major Culbert, one on one.

Name: Major Culbert
School: Harbor City (Calif.) Nathaniel Narbonne
Height: 6-foot-0
Weight: 202
40-time: 4.5

Position(s) played last year: Running Back and Safety

Stats: Over 2,000 yards rushing with 17 TDs as a running back. On defense he had 106 tackles, six sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

Honors: Player of the Year by the Daily Breeze, first team all-American, first team all-Marine league and first team all-state

Official Visit Date: September 2, Maine

Enjoyed the most on official visit: "I enjoyed the coaches, the fans and the players the most. I hadn't been there before to Nebraska and the most exciting thing there was that I got to sign autographs. The student section was chanting my name. I have never experienced anything like that before."

"I was expecting to see a lot of corn fields and a lot of cows. But when I got there I saw a lot of clubs, a lot of good fans and I didn't think that the school would be so big. Also, the alumni and the boosters are very good about giving back to the school."

Biggest factor in choosing Nebraska: "The determining factor was that they put a lot people into the NFL. They also have three or four players that have won a Heisman trophy there. They also have a good theatre program and it's far away from home."

"I really wanted to experience other things and get away from home. I plan on being a model or being an actor later on after football."

Other schools considered: Oregon and Washington

What are you looking forward to the most when it comes to getting to Nebraska: "Competing and winning a starting job. I feel, even though I am a true freshman, that I have a really good chance of playing next year. That was big for me when it came to picking Nebraska. There is playing time, I was recruited by Coach Busch and he is the safeties coach so that will help me and make it comfortable."

"I will probably be rooming with Ricky Thenarse or Menelik Holt at Nebraska, hopefully. I have spoke to both of them. We have become friends already. I will probably be leaving July 7. A couple of weeks after my graduation."

Funny recruiting story: "When I went back to Coach Busch's house in Lincoln and it was huge. We were just talking about my grades and about what I need to qualify. I just did that. I listened to Coach Busch and I got qualified. There was a situation when the year started, but actually it started in my junior year. I kind of messed up on my grades. So talking to Coach Busch and he told me all that I need to do in the classroom and got a 3.0 on my report card. I passed my ACT with a decent score. It all depends on you and your determination. Coach Busch is a real, well-rounded guy and helped me out."

Number desired: "Number "5". I will pretty much be wearing number "5". Because it is an upside down "2". My favorite number is number "2". It really doesn't matter. Maybe I will go back to number "2" this year or when Cortney Grixby leaves. Then I will go back to "2"."

Message to Husker Nation: "With this class, this year we are going to shock the world. We are going to shock the world. We are going to play USC and everybody; we are going to shock the world."

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