Turner Corcoran’s basically done everything he can do in Lincoln as a class of 2020 football recruit except take an official visit and play Madden against Nebraska recruiting staffer Ryan Callaghan.

Both will happen in the coming months.

For now Corcoran, the four-star offensive tackle from Lawrence, Kansas, and one of the Huskers’ top-priority recruits for the class just continues to become more and more familiar with the Nebraska staff.

The latest unofficial visit to Lincoln, which occurred Friday alongside Omaha Burke standout Xavier Watts and coveted outside linebacker recruit Blaise Gunnerson (Carroll, Iowa), makes more than a half-dozen for Corcoran in the last year or so.

“It was great. I really got to sit down with (offensive line coach Greg) Austin and (head coach Scott) Frost and talk about schemes and stuff like that before practice,” Corcoran said Saturday. “With Coach Austin, I sat in the meeting room and we watched the film of Wednesday’s practice and the one-on-ones and the double teams and stuff like that. He talked about maybe you won a rep but you still have to fix up this, this and this on your technique.”

Corcoran made the trip up with Lawrence Free State basketball coach Sam Stroh, himself a Nebraska graduate.

“It’s a great feel and a great atmosphere,” Corcoran said. “Just talking with Coach Stroh, my basketball coach, we were just talking about navigating around Lincoln and stuff like that, and I was like, ‘You know, I’ve been here so many times that I’m driving down a different street each time.’ The drive up is pretty easy, it’s about three hours or 2:45 or something like that. So it’s easy to get up there and back in the same day.”

Corcoran is ranked the No. 32 overall player in the country by 247Sports and the No. 50 overall player by Rivals. Both have the 6-foot-6 280-pounder among the top eight tackle recruits nationally.

Corcoran is slated to attend Ohio State’s spring game next month and has stops planned for the next two weeks at both Kansas State and Kansas. He’s hoping to get back down to Oklahoma this spring as well.

“I’ve got a busy schedule this spring with conditioning and weight lifting and stuff like that, but I wanted my sister to be able to go down to OU with me this time if that would be possible,” Corcoran said.

In Lincoln, he’s plenty familiar with the coaching staff. Consider this scene Corcoran recounted from Friday afternoon.

“After practice I sat down and talk with Frost and (offensive analyst Frank) Verducci, Coach Austin and Coach Held and (Sean Dillon and Callahan), of course,” he said. “They all came and hung out and we were in Coach Frost’s office. … We kind of just hung out and talked football, talked life and things of that nature.”

Everything went well except the Playstation, which wasn’t working.

Spending the day with Watts and Gunnerson was enlightening, too.

“With them and being able to be around them, it was just awesome,” Corcoran said. “I congratulated Xavier on winning a state championship and stuff like that. Not every kid is going to be able to go through that. It will be hard for me this year, too. I’ve got to step into a bigger role as a leader. I was a leader last year, but you’ve got to do more every year and grow. It will be interesting to see how we do this year, and I think we have a good shot of going deep into the playoffs.

“Talking with Blaise, too, coming off that injury, I was asking him what are his plans for the summer and when he expected to commit, and we just talked about that and what schools we’re considering and all that,” he said of the Kemper Catholic standout, who missed his entire junior season.

The Huskers have one commit currently for the 2020 class in three-star quarterback Logan Smothers (Athens, Alabama).

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.


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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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