Turner Corcoran ‘100% committed’ to Nebraska, FSHS football players earning offers

Free State senior Turner Corcoran blocks a defender during the KU football camp Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at the Anderson Family Football Complex.

Turner Corcoran does not plan on flipping his commitment.

The Free State senior has no intention of straying away from his original collegiate destination. Corcoran, a left tackle, announced his verbal commitment to the University of Nebraska on April 13 via his personal Twitter account while attending the Huskers’ Spring Game.

In early June, Corcoran attended a two-day camp at the University of Kansas with the rest of the Free State football team. It was there that Corcoran said that he was set on attending Nebraska in 2020.

“I’m 100% committed,” Corcoran said. “I love that place, and it feels great.”

This weekend, Corcoran took an unofficial visit to Lincoln, Neb., along with many other 2020 recruits. He also plans to attend every home game this fall.

Corcoran, a 6-foot-6, 270-pound standout, had offers from over 15 major programs. According to Rivals, Corcoran is the top-ranked player in the state and is the No. 6 offensive tackle in the nation. He is also ranked No. 48 overall in the Class of 2020.

“It is a home away from home,” Corcoran said. “They have an up-and-coming program. Scott Frost is going to turn that thing around. (Offensive line coach Greg) Austin, I love him and the offensive line room. And I love my teammates. The upperclassmen up there are really welcoming, I feel like I’m going to fit in great with that offensive line.”

Most of all, Corcoran is happy to have settled his collegiate future before the start of his final season with Free State. The Firebirds are coming off a 10-1 season, and will be under the direction of first-year head coach Kevin Stewart.

“It is exciting to be committed no matter what. No matter where it is,” Corcoran said. “It just feels good to finally say I’m going to this place and just worry about my senior year.”

Malik Berry focusing on defense

Soon-to-be senior Malik Berry played on both sides of the ball last year, serving as quarterback and safety to help lead Free State to the 6A quarterfinals.

This year, though, Berry figures to get most of his action on the defensive side of the ball. And that is mostly due to the fact he plans to play defense at the next level. Berry has received three offers, including one from Kansas State, to play linebacker at the collegiate level.

As a result, Berry, who is listed at 6-foot-4 and 215-pounds, expects to play linebacker and safety during his final season with the Firebirds.

“If I just have that exact position, I think that will help a lot,” Berry said. “So I can focus on that one position.”

According to Rivals, Berry is a three-star athlete for the 2020 class. Berry said that the University of Missouri has shown interest in him as a tight end, so he could see some action as a receiver this fall for FSHS.

“I just tell them, just like I tell coach Stewart, wherever I fit in the best,” Berry said. “Wherever you think I can make the most plays.”

Epelle, Preston garner offers

In addition, a couple of other Free State players have started to emerge on the recruiting scene this summer.

Free State defensive lineman Lovette Epelle received an offer from Friends University on June 6, which came shortly after the KU camp. Receiver Marcus Preston, who transferred from Mill Valley, also received his first offer on the same day. Preston now has offers from Missouri Western and Augustana University.

Both players should get plenty of more attention this fall.

“I got the whole season to show out,” Epelle said. “I’ve been working for this since I was younger.”

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