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East Mississippi Community College defensive back Byerson Cockrell, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound prospect, visited Nebraska on Nov. 29 for the Iowa game. His commitment became known on Dec. 6 and he signed his letter of intent Dec. 18, the first day junior college prospects could sign with their respective schools.
Though he could also project as a safety, the Huskers look to get help from Cockrell at corner and nickel.
A baseball and track athlete in high school, Cockrell had offers from Southern Mississippi and Middle Tennessee State, among others. HuskersIllustrated.com, who first reported the commitment, said Nebraska coach Bo Pelini and then-defensive backs coach Terry Joseph visited Cockrell on Dec. 4.
East Mississippi went undefeated and won the NJCAA national title over Georgia Military on Dec. 8.
As a freshman in 2012, Cockrell had 21 tackles and two interceptions. In 2013, he had 33 tackles and three interceptions.
According to the Columbus (Miss.) Disptach, Cockrell had his successful freshman campaign -- in which he tallied 21 total tackles and two interceptions -- cut short due to a left shoulder injury in EMCC's regular-season finale. Cockrell had surgery in November 2012, though the cornerback said the injury didn't impede his development this season.
"Even though coach sat me out of spring practice, I got a tremendous amount of mental reps," Cockrell told the Dispatch. "Sometimes, those can be just as good."
In high school -- after injury caused Cockrell to miss his entire junior season -- the senior led the Falcons with 69 tackles while tallying seven interceptions, seven pass deflections, one forced fumble and three touchdowns and was named to the Dispatch's All-State team.
Cockrell joins Joshua Kalu and Trai Mosley as cornerbacks in the latest class. He's the first NU commit from Mississippi since Jermarcus Hardrick in 2010.
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