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Scott Frost has taken it upon himself to restore Nebraska’s proud walk-on tradition. So far, that goal has focused on recruiting top in-state talent. But in the case of Corbin Frederick, it’s clear that geography does not matter for the staff as it tries to bring in walk-ons.
The defensive back lives in Mansfield, Texas. At Mansfield High School, he formed a dynamic safety duo with Cam’ron Jones, a priority target for the Huskers. Jones took his official visit to Nebraska the weekend of Dec. 15, but he will accompany Frederick during his visit this weekend.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Frederick told Land of 10. “I’ve never been up there before. Cam’s been a couple weekends ago and he fell in love with it. So I’m looking forward to seeing it myself.”
Frederick said he’s spent a lot of time watching YouTube videos of Nebraska highlights to gain a feel for the atmosphere. Jones has informed Frederick about the Huskers fans and how he was recognized at the airport and on campus. He also spoke glowingly of the facilities.
“You can just tell from Twitter how the fans are crazy,” Frederick said.
Jones asked during his official visit if the Nebraska coaches would take a look at his friend’s film. They did, and Frederick was offered a walk-on spot.
“[Jones] was just saying how they really liked my film and think I can play on special teams hopefully right away, and hopefully compete for a spot,” Frederick said. “Even if Cam doesn’t go to Nebraska, they’d still love to have me.”
Frederick has also been offered a walk-on spot at Ole Miss, one of Jones’ finalists.
Jones and Frederick have known each other for about six years. Over the years, especially during football season, they’ve been together constantly, Frederick said.
But they are not a package deal when it comes to picking colleges.
“Not necessarily,” Frederick said. “Hopefully it turns out that way, but I wouldn’t put it like that. We’re not stuck on going together.”
While talking to the coaches, Frederick said the staff saw him in the Huskers’ five defensive-back set, either at a nickel corner or extra safety spot. He described himself as “versatile and hard nosed” on the field.
He’s keeping an open mind during his visit this weekend.
“I’m just trying to see if it’s the right fit for me,” Frederick said. “I want to go to a place where I’m needed, not tolerated, so to say. From speaking to [the coaches] and seeing them in the media, them going back to coach UCF, even though they already took the new job, I’m looking for honest coaches. And that’s something I think they bring to the table. Because you want somebody that’s going to set you straight. You don’t want somebody lying just to get you to their school.”
Frederick has a couple offers on the table, most notably from Navy and San Diego. Accepting a scholarship offer versus matriculating at a school far from home for a walk-on spot is a difficult decision. He hopes that the coaches being straight with him alleviates some stress that goes into his choice.
“It’s a tough decision to make, but I think I can play wherever,” Frederick said. “I believe I’m one of the most slept-on players in Texas. I’ve already played against the competition you can play, I guess. I’ve already played against so much D-I talent, because I played in a district with two of the top 10 teams in the country and I got all-district.
“That’s no disrespect to the D-II schools and the other schools that have offered me, but I think I can play big-time football like at Nebraska.”
Braxton Clark will take official visit to Nebraska this weekend
A late addition to the docket of official visitors on campus this weekend is Braxton Clark. The 3-star cornerback and former Virginia Tech commit had originally been slated to take his official with the Huskers before plans changed. Now he will be visiting. He tweeted the news early Friday.
Lincoln this weekend… 🔴⚪️ #GoHuskers
— 2wo 1ne (@braxton_2k) January 12, 2018
Nebraska needs to add at least one cornerback in this class. He won’t be the only cornerback taking an official visit to Nebraska this weekend, as 4-star prospect Taiyon Palmer will also be there.
Clark was committed to Virginia Tech for six months but de-committed on the first day of the early signing period as the Hokies filled their class with other cornerbacks. He has been trending toward the Huskers since they offered him in mid-December. Clark is an Orlando, Fla., native and played his high school ball in UCF’s backyard. The Nebraska staff did not offer him while they were coaching there.
Clark is the No. 98 cornerback in the class, according to the 247Sports composite. He has no other official visits scheduled. At 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, he has serious size for a cornerback.
Nebraska offers top safety Lewis Cine
The Huskers may be more involved with the 2018 class than other programs as January goes on, but that doesn’t mean they’re not at least keeping an eye on the 2019 class.
— TWIN_TOWER_16 (@LewisCine) January 12, 2018
The Huskers offered one of the top defensive backs in the class Thursday — 4-star safety Lewis Cine. He is the No. 3 safety in his class and the 35th-ranked overall prospect. Cine has already earned 25 offers, including ones from Penn State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Florida, Notre Dame and Oklahoma.
The Nittany Lions are the early favorites to land the Everett, Mass., native, but it’s too early in his recruitment to make any assumptions.
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