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Huskers ‘Feel Like Family’ for 2020 4-Star OT Turner Corcoran

November 18, 2018

The game against Michigan State on Saturday marked the fifth time that 2020 4-star offensive tackle Turner Corcoran‍ has visited Lincoln since Scott Frost took over the program. The Kansas prospect saw plenty of familiar faces in Lincoln this weekend and was able to witness another win for the Big Red. 

I caught up with him Sunday morning to get his thoughts on his latest visit. 

Here is the full Q&A with Corcoran:

Describe the moment on the field after the win.

“It was awesome. I was walking on the field and I saw [Director of Player Personnel] Coach [Sean] Dillon, he yelled my name and go ‘Coach Dillon!’ and it was this big ol’ bear hug. It was a great moment between me and him. Also, for the team because they’ve worked so hard. For the seniors too getting a win on Senior Day.”

Have you been able to see the improvement in the team?

“Oh yeah, for sure. Their efficiency has gone up a lot. Last week they put up 50 points on Illinois and they played really well offensively. I wouldn’t say they had a struggle Saturday but it was a tougher game due to weather conditions and how good the Michigan State team is. They came out and battled really hard up front. It got them a 9-6 win with three field goals. You have to keep chipping away at the lead.”

What was it like being around the other recruits and the commits again?

“I’m always talking to them. It was great to see those guys again. Especially some of the younger guys. There was a 2021 offensive tackle Teddy [Prochazka], who is 6-foot-8, just a huge kid. I also talked to a defensive lineman, TJ Bollers, who is also a 2021 kid. It was awesome talking to those guys to see how they watch the game and interpret things. It was similar to how I interpret it.”

Have you talked at all to 2020 QB commit Logan Smothers?

“Yeah I actually DMed him on Tuesday and asked him if he was coming up to the game. He didn’t know yet then but thought they might. Later that week on Thursday he told me that he wasn’t going to be able to make it. I was bummed about that. He told me that even though he wouldn’t be there, the place is great. He told me to tell all the coaches hi and I told Coach Held that he said hi. Smothers is a fantastic kid. They are getting a really [good] quarterback.”

Did you get to go in the locker room again?

“Yeah, before the game and after the game. Post-game it was all screaming and shouting and cheering. It was really awesome to be around. I got to be around the offensive line huddle after the game and I got to talk to both Farniok brothers. I got to talk to [Tanner] Farmer the senior. I got to talk to him a little bit. He’s a really good dude and a big man. He really led that line really well this year. He did a great job of progressing up front with all those young guys. He should be really proud for how well he stuck in and how the rest of the team did too.”

What makes Nebraska such a special place in your mind?

“It feels like family already. I’m still a junior in high school and they have accepted me. It feels awesome from that standpoint. I’m not even part of their program yet and I talk to Tate Wildeman and Casey Rogers, both the Farniok brothers too. Seeing all these familiar faces and big smiles when I’m there with big ol’ hugs. It’s really awesome to share those moments with those guys.”

Do you still plan on going to Ohio State this year for the Michigan game?

“I don’t think I’ll be able to go to that. We have a lot of family coming in for Thanksgiving. That would have been a really good game to go because of how big that rivalry is and how both those teams are playing well this season. I wish I could have gone to that but I won’t be able to.”

What are your thoughts about your decision timeline?

“You know, I don’t know honestly. It’s been a really crazy recruiting process so far through the fall. I’ve been to a lot of places and seen a lot of things. I don’t know when I’ll be ready yet but when I am ready, I’m ready.”

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