Scooba (Miss.) East Mississippi C.C. defensive back Byerson Cockrell is days away from playing for all the marbles in the NJCAA National Championship game on Sunday.
However, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound cornerback who visited Nebraska for the Iowa has decided to officially commit before he plays in the title game. He will be waiting to conduct interviews until after the game though.
"I've committed to Nebraska," Cockrell said. "I'll wait to answer all questions until after the game Sunday. I really want to focus on this game."
While Cockrell now has his full attention on his game with Georgia Military this week, it was Nebraska that had grabbed his full attention exactly a week ago today.
"My visit went great," Cockrell said in an interview following his visit. "When I first got there I toured the facilities like their weight room and all of those things. Then I pretty much just hung out with the team. They made me feel like I was already part of their team too. I got to go to the team meeting and I got to see how everything would be like if I went there."
Cockrell said he felt comfortable in Lincoln and was very excited about the overall atmosphere that surrounds the program on game days.
"My favorite part of my trip would probably be the game," Cockrell said. "Even though they lost, it's just part of the game. I'd have to say game day was live. (The fans) showed up early and offer a lot of support. They go to every game."
The talented defensive back currently plays safety for East Mississippi C.C., but coach Terry Joseph has talked to him about coming in when he graduates at midyear to compete for the Nickel role that will be vacated by senior Ciante Evans.
"I feel like they develop great players and they are losing a lot of them," Cockrell said about Nebraska's secondary. "I like their defense and they are losing some DB's so I'd be able to have a chance to come in and play right away. Then I'm a mid-year guy so I'd come in right away.
"Coach Terry Joseph was telling me to watch No. 17 because he said that he feels I could be like him. So he had me watching him and he played cornerback and sometimes he plays the Nickel. I feel like I could come in and get the job done."
As a midyear enrollee, Cockrell will graduate and sign his letter of intent in a week and half and be in Lincoln for the start of the spring semester. He will have three years to play two.