Those in Nebraska's camp no doubt hoped a touted recruit's weekend trip to Kentucky would come and pass without any big headlines.

That did not happen.

Marcus McWilson, the four-star safety who had been committed to Nebraska since February, tweeted Sunday morning that he has decommitted from the Huskers.

The product of Cardinal Mooney High in Youngstown, Ohio, provided this news as he finished a weekend trip to the Lexington campus.

"Officially decommitted from Nebraska," McWilson tweeted. "Not an emotional decision, doing what's best for me."

Although not good news in any form for the Huskers, McWilson did not give a commitment to Kentucky, either, though he seems pointed in that direction.

"I'm kind of open right now, but I am leaning towards Kentucky," McWilson told the Kentucky Rivals site CatsIllustrated.com.

There is still the possibility Husker coaches could use a final in-home visit with McWilson this week to perhaps turn him back their way. Kentucky coaches, however, also will have a chance to do some selling in his home this week.

There's an interesting back story that goes with this particular recruiting case, with recent Husker graduate assistant Vince Marrow now a full-time coach at Kentucky and helping lead the charge to sway McWilson away from Nebraska.

Marrow has a close relationship with McWilson's family that no doubt helped Kentucky's cause as that program tries to get off the floor under new coach Mike Stoops.

Nebraska does have at least two safety candidates in the class, with D.J. Singleton already on campus and South Dakota athlete Nathan Gerry prepared to sign with the Huskers on Feb. 6.

But it's been a few days of bad recruiting news for the Huskers.

McWilson's decommitment comes two days after Dominic Walker announced he was switching his pledge from Nebraska to Auburn, putting the Huskers at 22 pledges in the class.

SEC schools have been Nebraska's nemesis in both decommitment cases, and the Huskers are going head-to-head with another one — Arkansas — in the pursuit of offensive lineman Dwayne Johnson out of Houston.

Given that he is a target at one of the main position groups of need, gaining a commitment from Johnson could go a ways in helping take away the sting of the recent departures for the Huskers.

But nothing is certain.

Johnson just finished up a visit at Arkansas, now led by former Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema, just a week after checking out Lincoln.

The 6-foot-7, 275-pound Johnson was very high on Nebraska after his visit, and hosted Bo Pelini and John Garrison in house on Wednesday. But he wanted to check out Arkansas, which he also gave good reviews, and compare the programs before deciding.

An answer apparently is coming soon. Johnson told HuskersOnline.com that he believes he'll have a decision by Monday.

Reach Brian Christopherson at bchristopherson@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. You can follow him on Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.


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