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Turner Corcoran developing relationship with Nebraska staff
Turner Corcoran didn’t take the field at Nebraska’s Friday Night Lights Camp this weekend. As one of the top tackles in the 2020 recruiting class, he does not have much to prove.
Besides, the Huskers coaching staff already holds him in high regard. Offensive line coach Greg Austin personally invited him up for the weekend nonetheless with the goal of Corcoran getting to know some current and future Huskers players better. In the process, he’s also constructed a deeper bond with the coaching staff.
“It was great being able to talk to them,” Corcoran told Land of 10.
It turns out that talking, rather than playing, was the most important part of the trip for Corcoran.
“I was able to talk with some current players,” he said. “I was able to sit down with Coach Austin and Coach [Scott] Frost some more, also was able to talk with some of the recruits.”
Among those recruits on campus he spoke with were Luke McCaffrey. Corcoran, the Kansas native, conversed with the Farniok brothers, Will and Matt, as well. The conversation mainly revolved around football, but also involved the recruiting process and comparing notes on various schools.
“Talking about how much the players liked Coach Austin and Coach Frost and all the other coaches on the staff,” Corcoran said.
The Lawrence Free State High School standout enjoyed gaining those perspectives throughout the weekend.
“Being able to talk with players is really a key thing in a recruitment,” he said. “Because they’re the ones living in it. They’re the ones being coached up by those coaches. … They’ve known Coach Austin only a little bit longer than I have, but they had super-good things to say about him and Coach Frost as well.”
This was the second time Corcoran has visited Lincoln, having checked out campus in May. He didn’t have the opportunity to interact with many players during that initial visit to Nebraska, with the Huskers in between finals and the start of the summer conditioning period. In between the visits, the communication has been steady, he said.
With two visits in the books now for the Huskers, they clearly have a seat at the table in his recruitment.
“It’s good to get to know the coaches and the players like that, to build relationships,” Corcoran said. “It’s really good because you get to learn more about those people and what they’re about.”
Corcoran didn’t notice anything different this time, save for the thousands of fans that packed into Memorial Stadium.
“That was really cool, to see the fans come out and support a high school football camp,” he said.
Corcoran played cornhole during the barbecue with his high school basketball coach and Nebraska alumnus Sam Stroh.
“It’s really fun for him to come because he’s a huge Nebraska fan,” Corcoran said. “He always loves coming up for games and stuff like that.”
He also checked out Ohio State earlier this month, speaking with coach Urban Meyer and other members of the coaching staff.
“Getting to build a relationship with those guys for the first time was great,” Corcoran said.
As for when a decision might come, Corcoran was noncommittal.
“It’s kind of hard to say, because I have a bunch of options — I have a bunch of things to consider. I can’t really jump the gun too soon with this whole recruitment process. I’m kind of just letting it play out day by day and pan out. I don’t really know yet, for the future, if I’ll be a late commit or an early commit.”
McKade Mettauer commits to Cal
As Nebraska begins to piece together its desired offensive line in the 2019 recruiting class, one prospect is off the board.
McKade Mettauer, who had Nebraska in his top 3 prior to making his decision, committed to California. The 3-star recruit will likely play an interior line position in college.
That fact likely persuaded Mettauer away from the Huskers, who already have junior college lineman Desmond Bland slotted in the 2019 class. He might be the only interior lineman Nebraska takes this cycle, as the emphasis on the line will be rebuilding the depth at tackle.
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