Another Rivals250 four-star prospect has decided to be N.
Bonne Terre (Mo.) North County outside linebacker Will Compton announced moments ago live on Rivals Radio that he had decided to commit to the Nebraska Cornhuskers, turning down scholarship offers from Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Vanderbilt, Kansas State and other schools.
Compton said he's known for about a week now that he was going to end up in Lincoln, but he didn't officially make the call to Nebraska defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove until Thursday afternoon.
"I loved everything about Nebraska," Compton, the nation's No. 13 inside linebacker, said. "I loved the facilities, I loved the people, and I especially loved coach Coz. He was my favorite thing about Nebraska out of everything. I also loved their academics. That really matters to me. Walking down the halls up there and seeing all their academic All-Americans was amazing.
"They also have the best facilities. They're the best thing I've seen overall. Mizzou would have them on one or two things or somebody else would have them in one thing here or there, but Nebraska had the best overall in everything. Nebraska is where I wanted to be without a question."
Compton said he's built a great relationship with his future coach already.
"He's straight forward about everything," Compton said. "He couldn't wait to offer me. My tape got lost in the mail somehow on the way up there, but he said he couldn't wait to offer me because he loved my attitude. When I went up there, he just kicked his feet up on the table, and I felt really comfortable around him. It felt like I'd already been on the team for quite some time."
Compton is Nebraska's 16th commitment and the fifth player that is ranked four-stars or higher. And it's that solid early start on the recruiting front that also played a factor in his decision.
"I want to go to a school that's going to have a chance to compete and win a national title," Compton said. "I feel that with the players Nebraska is bringing in, and the recruits they're going to get, we're going to be really good by the end of my senior season. We're not also done bringing in big time recruits. I've already been working with Blaine Gabbert on getting guys like D'Anton Lynn, D.J. Woods and especially Jonas Gray to join us.
"I think when it's all done, we're going to have one of the best recruiting classes in the nation. Blaine and I are already recruiting hard, and we're going to get some good guys. Count on it, but I just can't wait to get up there to Nebraska and help them win games."
Growing up Compton admitted he followed closely Notre Dame and Missouri growing up, but he did have nothing but respect for the Husker program. That respect really grew on him as he moved through the recruiting process and began to compare the schools that had offered him.
"You really don't appreciate how big of a fan base Nebraska has until you get on the Internet and look at places like Huskers Illustrated," he said.
"I was always a fan of the program and respected what Nebraska did while I was growing up. I remember the game against Mizzou when the ball was kicked around. As I started to learn more and more about them, I loved everything about the idea of playing for the Blackshirts. The history with their defense is amazing.
"It's so unbelievable. I'll be saying in a few years that I went to Nebraska and I was a Blackshirt. It doesn't get much better than that."
For Compton the ride to where he's at now has been nothing short of amazing. When the recruiting process first started his name was hardly mentioned as one of the top players in the Show Me State, despite racking up 71 tackles and 13 tackles for a loss in 2006. But he never stopped working hard to prove that he's one of the best linebackers around.
The end result is the No. 3 player in Missouri and another quality get for Nebraska.
"It's been unbelievable," Compton said when reflecting on the recruiting process.
"Everybody around here knew what my potential was, but it took a while for people nationally to see me and get excited about what I have to offer. I'm very happy that Nebraska started to recruit me, and I'm thankful for all the schools that also offered me, but I still get goose bumps when I think that I'm going to be playing football for Nebraska."