Recruiting: Huskers find another one in Florida

2013-01-23T23:35:00Z 2013-02-01T01:01:04Z Recruiting: Huskers find another one in FloridaBy BRIAN CHRISTOPHERSON / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

Nebraska is still seeing the payoff from last weekend, which featured football recruiting visits from five prospects.

Defensive back Boaz Joseph on Wednesday became the second of those visitors to commit to the Huskers, following the commitment of junior college offensive lineman Matt Finnin by three days.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Joseph’s versatility could allow him to compete at various spots in the secondary.

“He can play all four positions, but he’s a corner really,” his high school coach,  Mark Gaundolo, told HuskersIllustrated.com. “He’s a big, physical corner. He has flat-out speed. He’s a 4.4 40-yard kid. Not only is he big and strong, but he can run with you. Great press technique, very physical and a good hitter.”

A product of Weston, Fla., Joseph’s Cypress Bay High School team went 12-3 this season, making it to the state championship game.

Joseph fits the mold of bigger cornerbacks that Husker coaches have seemed to be targeting.

Nebraska’s footprint in the state of Florida this recruiting season also continues to be a storyline.

NU now has four recruits from the state, tied with Ohio for the most. All of the commitments from the Sunshine State have come in the past month.

Secondary coach Terry Joseph played the lead in Nebraska gaining its most recent recruit.

Cornerback was considered a position of need down the stretch in this recruiting class, which now features 24 players.

There is still room to add even more, which Husker coaches are looking to do,  with prospects such as offensive linemen Dwayne Johnson and Chongo Kondolo (visitors last weekend), wide receiver James Clark and defensive back Drake Martinez (Taylor’s brother) still out there undecided.

Along the way, Nebraska will try to hang on to the commitments it already has, with wide receiver Dominic Walker and safety Marcus McWilson each being courted heavily by other schools.

Auburn is going hard after Walker. Kentucky, which has former Husker grad assistant Vince Marrow on staff, is going after McWilson.

While Walker told some recruiting sites he was “100 percent” committed to Nebraska after a visit from Bo Pelini and Rich Fisher on Monday night, the Orlando, Fla., receiver hosted Auburn coaches in-home Tuesday.

"I'm more like 75 percent committed to Nebraska now," Walker told BigRedReport.com after that visit.

"I've basically just got to sleep on it and keep evaluating everything. I have to keep asking questions and really keep trying to find the best school for me. At the end of all that, I should have a decision."

As for McWilson, he put off a visit to Kentucky last weekend but now tells CatsIllustrated.com (Kentucky’s Rivals.com website) that he will visit Lexington in the coming days.

"I'm not really leaning towards either (Kentucky or Nebraska) but I'll just see what happens," McWilson told the Rivals site. "When I get back from my official I'm going to sit down with my mom, dad and coach and look at the pros and cons of each school. If it's Nebraska, it's Nebraska. If it's Kentucky, it's Kentucky.”

McWilson’s family is said to have a close relationship with Marrow, but the four-star prospect has also had plenty of time to get to know the Husker staff, since he committed to NU last February.

 

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