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Earlier this week, Nebraska held its HomeGrown event for walk-ons and their parents. Lincoln Southwest linebacker Caden McCormack accepted an offer he held for a while to walk-on at Nebraska. On Sunday night, I was able to catch up with him about the event.
“All the coaches talked about the program and where it’s going plus what they want to do with it,” McCormack said. “Then they had five walk-ons that are current and former players talk. They talked about the resources and what being a walk-on means, plus earning a scholarship as a walk-on and the program overall and how it effects scholarship players. We tried on jerseys then fifteen of us waited in the lounge to talk to Coach [Scott] Frost one on one.”
As for his conversation with Frost, McCormack said it went well. His parents and brothers also had a chance to talk to Frost, who shared where he’d want McCormack and what he could do for the team. McCormack said Frost sees him as an outside linebacker.
He also said while the talk didn’t last long, it left a big impression.
“So, I talked to Coach Frost and said goodbye,” McCormack said. “I walked out of the lobby and I got this weird feeling with butterflies, like I missed something. I needed to go back. I told my parents that I wanted to go back and commit right then and there. I asked them if they supported me and they said yes. I walked back up, knocked on his door and told him I wanted to commit.”
McCormack had no idea he would be in the position to commit that night at the event. Regardless, he’s proud to carry on the strong walk-on tradition at Nebraska.
“I told my coach and a bunch of people that I wouldn’t commit until February,” McCormack said. “I was in no rush and was going to see how it played out with other schools. Once the former players and walk-ons started talking, that opened my mind like, ‘Wow, I can do this.’ When they talked about resources and if you went somewhere else you wouldn’t have this stuff, it changed my mind. That sold me.
“Then once Frost talked to me, I was set.”
Nothing left to say…
I am COMMITTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA 🔴⚫️
— Caden (@CxdenMcCormxck) December 6, 2018
>> Teddy Prochazka, the 2021 OT from Elkhorn South with an offer from Nebraska, picked up another Big Ten offer over the weekend. Northwestern threw its hat into the ring.
— Teddy Prochazka I ⁶⁴ (@TeddyProchazka) December 8, 2018
>> One of Nebraska’s 2020 linebacker targets, Ben Kreul, has released his junior highlights. The Wisconsin native has visited Lincoln a couple of times since Frost took over the program.
>> Julian Fleming, a 2020 4-star wide receiver from Pennslyvania, picked up an offer from Nebraska. He holds close to 30 offers from schools around the country.
Excited to receive an offer from Nebraska🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/jFxzNtM1p2
— JF4❌ (@julian_040) December 8, 2018
>> The big win over Creighton was for Tim Miles too, even if he played it cool writes Derek Peterson.
>> Running back commit Rahmir Johnson took his official visit to Lincoln this weekend and I spoke with him about it. (Premium)
>> Nebraska volleyball is heading to its fourth straight Final Four.
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.