Tre'vell Dixon

8/23/11 Lee Ball mug of Tre'vell Dixon/ The Daily Iberian

One recruit weighs 330 pounds and has plans of pushing for a starting job pronto.

The other is a Louisiana high school athlete who can scoot 100 meters in 10.8 seconds. He rejoins a class he was once part of before anyone else.

It’s fair to say it was a productive Sunday on the recruiting front for the Nebraska football program, adding commitments from junior college offensive tackle Matt Finnin and four-star athlete Tre’Vell Dixon.

Finnin was one of five recruits to visit Lincoln this weekend. He told Husker coaches he was on board before he left town.

“It felt right. All the guys were pretty cool,” Finnin said. “I really liked them. Really liked the coaches. Really liked the town.”

He really liked what he heard, too.

Coaches talked to Finnin about the opportunity to be an impact player immediately this fall, with the 6-foot-8, 330-pounder figuring to be an option at the ultra-important left tackle position.

When asked about the possibility of jumping right on to the field this fall, Finnin said: “I wouldn’t be coming if I didn’t think I could.”

He would join a position battle that includes three seniors — Jeremiah Sirles, Andrew Rodriguez and Brent Qvale.

A product of Crete, Ill., Finnin played at the College of DuPage, where his play and size led to scholarship offers from more than 15 FBS schools, including Oklahoma and Florida State.

Finnin has at least two years of eligibility remaining, and potentially three. He plans to apply for a hardship season after going home his freshman year to help his dad.

The addition of Finnin is critical, considering offensive line was perhaps the greatest position of need for Nebraska in the final weeks before the Feb. 6 signing day.

Finnin becomes the third offensive line recruit in the class, joining Zach Hannon and David Knevel.

He felt a comfort level with the Husker coaches, who he's been talking to for about three months.

“It’s not like I just met them this weekend,” Finnin said. “I love Coach (John) Garrison. He’s a really straightforward guy. They all seem like they care about you as much off the field as on it.”

The news of Finnin’s commitment was followed about an hour later with confirmation that Dixon has recommitted to Nebraska.

From Baldwin, La., Dixon first committed to the Huskers a week before last year's signing day, becoming the first recruit of the 2013 class because of his bond with then-Nebraska secondary coach Corey Raymond.

Then Raymond left for LSU. Dixon hung in the class for a while but decommitted last summer.

But new Husker secondary coach Terry Joseph, a Louisiana native himself, quickly developed his own relationship with Dixon.

After revisiting his options, Dixon chose the Huskers again, picking them over Arizona State, TCU and Houston.

While many may project him as a defensive back in college, it is best to label him just as an “athlete” for the time being. The 6-1, 195-pound Dixon has done it all, also starring at quarterback during his career at West St. Mary High School.

As a junior, he threw for 502 yards and seven touchdowns, and also ran for more than 100, in one game.

"It was just one of those nights where you're like, 'Man, this kid can really be special,'" his coach Ryan Antoine said.

With the additions of Finnin and Dixon, Nebraska’s class now ranks 14th nationally according to Rivals.com, 12th according to FoxSportsNext and 20th according to 247 Sports’ composite rankings.

Nebraska has 23 commitments, though one, Orlando, Fla., wide receiver Dominic Walker, has been talking publicly about his interest in Auburn after visiting there.

“I am going to evaluate everything and see the statistics between Auburn and Nebraska on how much they throw the ball and see how I fit in,” Walker told Fox Sports Next.

Perhaps not helping Nebraska's cause is the fact Walker's high school teammate, Tony Stevens, just committed to Auburn.

There's a "75 percent chance we play together in college," Walker told Rivals.

While Walker deliberates, it seems Nebraska’s newest offensive lineman recruit was content to be done with the recruiting game.

“Nebraska is always one of those top-10 programs,” Finnin said. “It’s in the same category as USC, Oklahoma, Michigan. It’s just one of those teams in the nation at the top you always think of.”

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


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