Caden McCormack has taken two junior day visits the past two weekends. The 6-foot-2, 215 pound linebacker prospect visited Nebraska for their junior day March 31 and South Dakota on April 8. The Lincoln Southwest junior is headed to Wyoming for an unofficial visit this weekend.
When he takes his unofficial visits he is looking at three things.
"Academics is my No. 1 because that what will take you past football. How the players interact with the coaches and the coaches interact with players is important," he said. "Facilities are important to me because that is where you will spend most of your time as a football player."
McCormack, the No. 14-ranked in-state player in the class of 2019, had made an unofficial visit to Nebraska before but noticed a clear difference in his most recent visit.
"There atmosphere is different," he said. "It is going to be physically demanding and they don't count anyone out. The commitment to the team atmosphere is clear."
McCormack has developed a strong relationship with Kenny Wilhite, Nebraska's director of high school relations. Wilhite is in his fourth season at Nebraska. The junior day was an opportunity for McCormack to get to know the new members of Nebraska's staff.
"I am pretty close with Kenny and have a good relationship with him," he said. "I talked with coach (Erik) Chinander and I really like him."
McCormack holds a a scholarship offer from FCS South Dakota State and visited FCS North Dakota State last month. Cornell and Princeton — Ivy League schools that do not give athletic scholarships — along with Louisville and Kansas State are on the list of schools that have been in contact with him.
All of the schools recruiting him see him as a linebacker or an athlete. A 200-meter runner on the Silver Hawks track team, McCormack ran a personal best 23.03 recently.
He credits track to making him faster and has three more things he is working on prior to camp season this spring and summer.
"I'm working on staying low, healthy and explosive," he said. "My speed has blossomed since track season."
McCormack is good in space and could play either outside linebacker or safety in college. Similar to his high school career, he will play anywhere on the field.
"I will play whatever position my coach wants me to play," he said.
Correction: Caden McCormack's name was previously misspelled in the headline on this story.