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Sunday, January 20, 2013
Highly sought juco Finnin makes decision

By Jared Shanker

Junior college offensive tackle Matt Finnin (Crete, Ill./College of Dupage) watched his recruitment blow up over the last few months. Offers came in from the likes of Florida State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. The three-star Finnin was receiving home visits daily and taking his official visits to his top schools.

Nebraska was one of the programs to offer Finnin late, and while the 6-foot-7, 315-pound Finnin put a high priority on the schools to offer earliest, he just could not pass up an opportunity to play for the Cornhuskers.

Finnin said Nebraska is the perfect fit for him, impressing him in several different facets while on his visit.

"Playing in my backyard in the [Big Ten]. Loved the coaches. Loved the guys even more," he wrote in a text message.

A major factor in Finnin's decision was his relationship with the players already in Lincoln. He formed an immediate bond with the players and felt a certain comfort level at Nebraska he did not find on official visits to Kansas, Maryland and Oklahoma.

"Didn't feel at home at the other places," he said. "I definitely had better opportunities to go other places and play right away, but I want to be a part of a [Big Ten] championship team. I want to play in a national championship. I feel like we can do this here."

A Western Michigan signee out of high school, Finnin will graduate the College of Dupage at the end of the semester. He is the second juco commit and 22nd commit overall in Nebraska's 2013 class.