Huskers to host big lineman this weekend

This is the time of year that recruiting really starts to heat up. Lots of players want to end the process around the end of their season and in-home visits are about to start. This is also the time of year to start talking about commitments to one school making official visits to see other schools. Nebraska looks to have at least one of those coming in this weekend.

A new name on the Nebraska radar will be Jack Cornell of Quincy (Ill.) Notre Dame High School. The 6-foot-7 and 305-pound offensive lineman has seen his senior year come to a surprising halt recently.

"Well it ended a little bit earlier then we would have liked," Cornell said. "We lost in the second round and ended with an 8-3 record."

"I think that I had a pretty good season. We had two backs go over 1,000 yards rushing on the season and you can't complain too much about that."

Cornell made a commitment early in the process, but has since opened things back up a little bit and is set to take an official visit this coming weekend.

"I committed to Michigan State in late July or early August. I have an official set up for Nebraska to see them play against Colorado."

"Well, I took an official visit to Michigan State when they played against Notre Dame. I just took an unofficial to Illinois and I have an official visit set up for there on December 8."

The commitment to Michigan State is still good according to Cornell, but the firing of a coach has got him thinking. He is also keeping a close eye on what will happen to the rest of the staff.

"I am still committed to Michigan State unless something drastic happens and they let their entire coaching staff go. Their first firing did get me to start thinking a little bit. I am just looking around right now."

Obviously, Cornell found something at Michigan State that was right. Those things will be the same things that he will try and find at Illinois and Nebraska.

"Great people and great coaches. When I was at their camp I got to meet some great guys at Michigan State. I really connected with them right off of the bat and I have a great relationship with them."

"We have that type of relationship with the coaches at Illinois and with the coaches at Nebraska as well. They just have great coaches. I am looking really forward to taking a trip to see those places."

With adding Nebraska and Illinois to the list of official visits, that only brings up the total taken to three for Cornell. As of right now that is fine with him.

"There's not really anyone else I can think of. I really think that it's going to be Michigan State, Illinois or Nebraska. I am perfectly content with those three."

Nebraska seems to have been stepping up their efforts to recruit Cornell recently. Now there are two coaches that Cornell has been interfacing with in Lincoln as opposed to just the recruiting coach.

"Coach Kevin Cosgrove and Coach Dennis Wagner have been recruiting me. I just spoke to Coach Wagner a little bit ago tonight. I have been talking to Coach Wagner a lot more lately."

"Coach Wagner has told me that they basically build lineman to go to the NFL and that they run the same plays that professional teams do. They have an aggressive type of style."

Jack Cornell is one of the top offensive tackle prospects in the Midwest. Cornell will be a three-year varsity letter winner in 2006 and was named All-State by the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune and the Champaign News-Gazette as a junior.

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