Recent offer brings total to almost 30 for DE

For most players, any combine can be really good or not very good when it comes to putting your name out there. If you do well, you can become a household name and go from having no offers, to having them running out of your mailbox. If you don't do well, any attention you might have had could plummet. For Sidell Corley, after the junior combine in San Antonio, he's seen his offer total go from four to almost 30. The latest to get into the mix is Nebraska.

Nebraska has a tradition of rush ends. In fact, there was a time when the school most noted for putting out great college offensive linemen, was putting out even more great college defensive ends.

 

Grant Wistrom (starting in the NFL), Mike Rucker (starting in the NFL), Chris Kelsay (starting in the NFL), Jared Tomich (started for the Saints for three years) Kyle Vanden Bosch( Starting in the NFL, second in the league last year in sacks) – all have made their mark in the league and proven that for a time, nobody put out defensive ends quite like them.

 

But as you have seen with Penn State and linebackers and Miami with quarterbacks, if you rest on your laurels, pretty soon the tradition you've started will stop and there you are, starting over.

 

Nebraska has done that with current players like Adam Carriker, Jay Moore and Barry Turner, but will try to continue that with the newest crop of defensive tackles around the country, none more popular than Sidell Corley.

 

Thank you U.S. Army Junior All-American Combine

 

Sure, Sidell was getting some attention prior to the combine, but he was sitting on "just" four offers, hoping to raise his stock.

 

He did……………..and then some

 

Facing players like the now renowned Pouncey twins out of Florida, Corley dominated the competition with a great combination of speed, strength and flat out desire. There literally wasn't one single lineman, who even had a hope of stopping him.

 

So, four offers has become almost 30 offers and Corley said that what he wanted to get out of that combine is exactly what he got. "You want to go against the best and the best were there," Sidell said. "I thought that this was my chest to go up against them and beat every one of them."

 

"I did that, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised at the attention, but that's a lot of offers.

 

His most recent offer, coming from the University of Nebraska, is one that Sidell actually thought he wasn't going to get. Except for the offer from Oregon, nearly every offer he has is from his region of the country. He knew his name was out there, but he didn't realize it had gotten to the Husker state. "Way up there, I didn't think I would get an offer from them, but it's cool," Corley said of the Huskers. "I don't know much about them, but I know they won like five or six national titles."

 

Up to this point and since the combine, this Alabama native has some obvious schools in mind that are peaking his early interest: Auburn, Florida, Alabama, Notre Dame and Ole Miss.

 

Is that the final list for Corley? "No way," Sidell said. "I'm just really getting started with all this, so I don't know who is what, what they do and what the coaches are like. That's going to take awhile to figure out."

 

"I'll figure it out, though, but I know it's going to be a pretty long process."

 

At 6 foot, 4 inches tall, weighing around 250 pounds, Corley isn't the sleek like Jevon Kearse, which will burn you on the edges as they pin it back, attempting to get to the QB. And he's not the Mike Rucker type, who uses his 6 foot, 6 inches and almost 280 pounds to be that physical force, who does have the quickness to beat you off the ball as well.

 

Right now, at this stage of his development, Corley would like to think he has a little of it all. "I can get around them or go through them, it doesn't matter to me," he said. "Some guys I will take off the ball and others I will just drive right back into the ball."

 

"I just size my guy up and I'll do what I have to do."

 

Corley has an obsession this year as well, one his primary goals being that he wants to better by a considerable margin, his 9.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss last season, which he considers very "disappointing."


Big Red Report Top Stories