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Originally published Feb. 2, 2006 in the Omaha World-Herald
Culbert says: "I'm going there as a safety, but I want to help the team any way I can. If they need me to play running back or corner, I'm ready."
Did you know?: Culbert plans to major in theater at NU and become an actor or model if he cannot play professional football.
Coachspeak: "Most people have looked at him as a defensive player, but he's great on offense. At whatever position he plays, Major is just an animal." -- Narbonne coach Manuel Douglas
What the gurus say: Rivals.com classifies Culbert as an athlete, ranking him 39th nationally. Scout.com rates him as the No. 54 prospect in the west region and the nation's No. 31 cornerback.
About Culbert: A product of the competitive Marine League in Los Angeles' South Bay area, Culbert will arrive in Lincoln as one of the most seasoned high school players in this class. "It's the toughest league in the city and definitely one of the top three in the state," Douglas said. "And he ran right through this league." Culbert rushed for 1,955 yards on 249 carries. Defensively, he collected 56 tackles and seven sacks, earning player of the year honors from the Daily Breeze newspaper of Torrance, Calif. NU safeties coach Bill Busch corralled Culbert by showing him attention early and often. "He got to Major first," Douglas said. Culbert rushed for 1,200 yards as a junior before Narbonne was forced to rely more heavily on him last fall. Culbert and his high school coach are both stoked for the Huskers' Sept. 16 visit to Southern California.
How we see it: Among the three freshman candidates to play safety next season at Nebraska, Culbert appears to have as good a chance as anyone to contribute.
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