We are going to talk a lot about defense for the rest of the recruiting cycle. Nebraska hosted six official visitors over the weekend and every single one plays on the defensive side of the ball. One of the most intriguing and coveted players on campus was 3-star (HV Rating: 83.5) inside linebacker Caleb McCullough.
The Pacifica High star is one of the top of board linebackers for the Huskers this cycle. Linebacker is a huge area of focus for the 2020 class. The Huskers had the opportunity to set the bar for McCollough since it was his first official of the season.
I caught up with him to find out his expectations coming into the visit, the state of his relationship with inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud, what his decision timeline is and more.
Here is the full Q&A:
What were your overall thoughts on the trip?
“It was amazing. I loved it. It was a beautiful stadium and atmosphere. It was amazing all around. It was exciting. I loved it.”
What were your expectations coming in? Did they stack up?
“I didn’t think the stadium would have that much lighting. I knew it was big. I didn’t think it had lights like that. That surprised me. I thought it was going to be a lot more grass and land out there. It was more buildings. It was pretty cool.”
Who came with you and what did they think?
“My mom and dad. They loved it. It went really well for them. My dad really liked the football aspect. He liked the exciting game. He knows that Coach Ruud is a good coach so he likes that.”
How has the relationship built between you and Ruud?
“It’s great. He’s a great guy. You can tell that he wants guys that want to be successful. He wants to help guys be successful. He’s not there for anything else. He’s not sugar-coating anything. He is real and I appreciate him for that.”
Do you have any other official visits planned at this time?
“Boise State on Oct. 14.”
Do you have a decision timeline in mind?
“Sometime in November. I don’t have an exact date yet but it will be in November.”
Do you plan to early enroll?
“Yeah, I’ll be enrolling in my school early. “
What are you most looking for in a school?
“Great coaches. I want a great coaching staff. I want to be in a program where I see myself being the most successful on and off the field. That’s what I’m really looking at in schools. Where I can see myself being successful in the classroom and on the field.”
Who was your players host? How did you get along?
“Myles Farmer. He was cool, that’s my guy. He was cool for real.”
What were some of the most memorable things that happened on the trip?
“I don’t know. There was a lot of stuff. It really one thing by itself, it was all together. As a whole, the whole trip was memorable.”
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.