Published Wednesday, December 18, 2013 AT 3:57 PM / Updated at 5:33 PM
Recruiting: Cockrell, Keels officially sign with Huskers
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

Two junior college recruits for the 2014 class signed with Nebraska on Wednesday, the first day junior college prospects could sign with their respective schools.

Byerson Cockrell, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound cornerback from East Mississippi Community College and Joe Keels, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound defensive end from Highland (Kan.) Community College, both signed letters of intent to play for the Huskers. Several recruiting services confirmed the news Wednesday afternoon.

Cockrell, a two- or three-star recruit according to different scouting services, will get a chance to compete for playing time in a thin Husker secondary. Two full-time starters (Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Ciante Evans) and one part-time starter (Andrew Green) all graduate after this season. Cockrell had 33 tackles, three interceptions and four pass breakups this year for East Mississippi, which won the junior college national title.

Keels, a three- or four-star recruit depending on the service, will help fortify an improving defensive line. He’ll also be one of the older members of that line, as seniors Jason Ankrah and Thad Randle graduate after the season.

Click here to see NU’s complete 2014 recruiting class.

About Sam McKewon

Sam McKewon covers Nebraska football for The World-Herald. Got a tip, question or rant? Good. Email him at And follow him on Twitter at @swmckewonOWH. And call him at 402.219.3790.