Willingham favoring the Huskers

The junior college cornerback has been a staple to recruiting classes the past couple of years for Nebraska. The Cornhuskers have had success dipping into the junior college ranks to lure out one of the top cornerbacks the past couple of years. This year might not be any different.

This year Nebraska is after another tall, junior college cornerback. DeAngelo Willingham of Palm Desert (Calif.) College of the Desert is a 6-foot-1 and 210 pound cornerback who will be a leader this year for his team.

"We just got out of practice," Willingham said. "We just got out. I know it's 9:00, but we just got done. Our first game is on September 2."

This summer Willingham wanted to work on getting his feet quicker. He has 4.4 speed, but wanted to get quicker. "I wanted to get my feet quicker. I wanted increase me speed too, because I thought that I was already strong enough."

That speed and that strength help Willingham call man to man coverage his biggest strength on the football field. While Willingham might the best in man coverage he isn't afraid to come up and support the run defense.

"I would say that my man coverage is my biggest strength. I can tackle in the open field as well. I can come up and support run defense too. I don't have a problem with that."

This past year was a great individual year for Willingham and led to a huge honor as a true freshman. "I don't know how many tackles I had. I had three interceptions and one forced fumble. I was first team all-conference as a true freshman."

Willingham was a true freshman last year which might tell some people about his division one eligibility. However, when can he enroll? "When I transfer at semester, I can graduate in December, I will have three to play two in division one."

Willingham is getting a lot of attention from various schools, however only one school has offered him thus far. That one offer really appeals to Willingham because he knows a lot about the school from seeing them on TV.

"I only have one offer so far. It's from Nebraska, but I am getting a lot of interest from different schools. I am getting interest from Oregon, Auburn, Florida, Oregon State and Minnesota."

"I am definitely interested in Nebraska. They have great fans. They are crazy when it comes to their football. I watch them on TV. a lot. When they are on TV. I watch them."

While Willingham has had some chances to see Nebraska on TV., he wants to see their fans for himself. He will be taking in arguably one of the best games of the year in Lincoln. "I am going to take a visit to see Nebraska when they play Colorado (11/24)."

When Willingham thinks about making his decision he is thinking about a few key criteria. "First of all, playing time. A good relationship with my position coach is big. Also, if they have my major or not. I am also looking at the competition. I like competition."

Out of high school, Willingham failed to qualify. He was getting division one interest though before needing to make the trek out to California for junior college. "I didn't commit anywhere out of high school. I didn't get qualified. I was being recruited by Georgia. I didn't get any offers. I came out to junior college in California."

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