Marcus McWilson (Youngstown, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney) has yet to see Nebraska, but that was not enough to keep him from committing to the Cornhuskers on Monday.
“I talked to the coaches a lot, and it’s like a family up there,” McWilson said. “The coaches are really nice. I feel that Nebraska can definitely maximize my talents and take me where I need to be. I’m hoping to get a good education and good opportunity to play and win championships out of it.”
There were concerns among McWilson’s family about committing to the Huskers without seeing the campus or program up close, but McWilson felt comfortable enough with his discussions with the coaching staff to commit before visiting in the coming weeks for spring practice and the spring game.
“My mom definitely thought I should wait until I go down [to visit],” McWilson said. “I kind of convinced her. I feel like Nebraska is the place for me to go and attend. I haven’t been there but there’s a lot of opportunities up there.”
Nebraska coach Bo Pelini is from Youngstown and graduated from Cardinal Mooney, where McWilson plays. The Huskers have eight players from Ohio on their 2012 roster, including three from Mooney: Braylon Heard, Tim Marlowe and Mark Pelini.
“It’s like home away from home,” McWilson said. “I talked to some of the players and Braylon. He likes it up there.”
During Mooney’s run to the Division III championship in Ohio, McWilson starred at both safety and running back for the Cardinals. At Nebraska, the 6-foot, 195-pound McWilson will be in the defensive backfield playing free safety.
“They see me making a real big impact at safety, and I hope I can live up to it,” McWilson said. “They’re giving me a great opportunity to come in and play. Everyone wants to make it to the next level and go on to play in college. Hopefully I keep going.”
McWilson’s teammate Courtney Love is also being pursued by the Huskers’ staff hard, and the Huskers were the first to offer Love several months ago. McWilson isn’t going to try to push Love to join him in Lincoln, but he said playing together is something they talk about.
“We talked a little bit today,” he said. “I’m not sure where his mind is at and the schools he wants to go to. He’ll choose whatever school is best for him. He’s not going to be influenced or pressured by anybody to go to a certain school.”