Checking out Lincoln

Big Red Report
Posted Apr 5, 2012

Nebraska has two commitments currently and both have some similarities. Both are slated to play in the secondary. Both are out of state. Both have also never stepped foot on campus at Nebraska either. In a couple of weeks, Nebraska commitment Marcus McWilson will be ending that similarity with the other commitment, Trevell Dixon. What is McWilson looking forward to seeing in Lincoln?

Marcus McWilson, a 6-foot-1 and 195-pound safety, from Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney will be heading to Nebraska for their spring game. The four-star safety who is rated #19 in the nation says it’s the same week as his spring break.

“As of right now I am still going,” McWilson said. “It’s the week for our spring break so it should be OK for me to go and I don’t have any other plans.”

McWilson will not be traveling alone. The Huskers have offered two players from Cardinal Mooney, both on the defensive side of the ball. Courtney Love, a 6-foot-1 and 222-pound linebacker is a three-star recruit and is rated as the #29 outside linebacker in the nation, will be traveling with McWilson.

“Courtney and I are both going up to Nebraska. We have talked about going to the same school, but we are two different people. I wouldn’t say that I influence his decision with mine. He’ll go where his heart is at just like me.”

There is already a Cardinal Mooney connection with Nebraska. Tim Marlow, Mark Pelini and Braylon Heard all come from Cardinal Mooney in fact. McWilson just had a chance to spend some time with one of the current Huskers a few weeks ago.

“Braylon and I talk. He was here for spring break a few weeks ago. We hung out and we talked. It was nice to catch up and talk about Nebraska. He’s excited about me coming there to Nebraska and he’s excited about moving to cornerback from running back.”

This will be the first time to visit Nebraska for McWilson. He says that being comfortable in Lincoln, at the school and with the people at Nebraska is key. He would also like to see an interesting spring game while he’s there.

“I have never been there before and I am interested in how comfortable I am on campus. I am interested in getting to know their players and their coaches and see how things work there.

“Hopefully it’s a good and exciting game. I know that the spring game is more of a scrimmage and for the fans, but I would like to see some things on the field.”

When McWilson committed to Nebraska there was one defensive backs coach and now there is another. He said that he hasn’t been able to speak with the new position coach yet, but he’s spoken with the defensive coordinator about the situation in the secondary.

“I haven’t caught up with Coach Terry Joseph since Coach Corey Raymond left. I have caught up with Coach John Papuchis and he said that they are graduating three secondary guys and I could work hard and see what happens.”

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for nine years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 11 years. His work can also be seen in's SuperPrep Magazine.
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