Published Sunday, January 20, 2013 AT 1:54 PM / Updated at 10:26 PM
Recruiting: JUCO OT Matt Finnin commits to Nebraska
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

The chance to compete for playing time was one of the main reasons why College of DuPage (Ill.) offensive tackle Matt Finnin said he committed to the Huskers.

Finnin, who’ll have two years of eligibility remaining when he joins Nebraska’s team this summer, said the NU coaches “assured me that I would be coming in and challenging for a starting spot.”

The three players (Jeremiah Sirles, Andrew Rodriguez and Brent Qvale) in Nebraska’s top rotation at offensive tackle last year will all be seniors in 2013. The way those three guys split snaps during games encouraged Finnin, who hopes to be in the mix with that trio this fall.

And in 2014, when Nebraska will be left with the relatively untested Zach Sterup and Givens Price to start. Now the Huskers have Finnin, too.

Finnin, who toured the NU campus this weekend, also had scholarship offers from Florida State and Oklahoma (among others).

A month ago, it appeared Finnin was close to choosing between Kansas and Marshall. But he said he soon realized that he was just aggravated with the recruiting process, not close to making the right decision.

“It’s frustrating at times,” he said. “I had reporters and coaches calling me. I was sick and tired of the process.”

But he stuck with it. And now he’s found the right destination.

“I really like the place,” he said of Nebraska.

In addition to the chance to contribute on the field immediately, Finnin said he was also swayed by the instant bonds he formed with Husker players. He clicked with the staff, too — he and the coaches watched “a lot” of game film Saturday.

More on Finnin (6-foot-8, 330 pounds) is here. Also, check out the rest of the Huskers’ 2013 class here.

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