2014 (Outlook) Byerson Cockrell was one of three members of Nebraska’s 2014 recruiting class to join the program in January. The 6-0, 185-pound Cockrell used the jumpstart on his Nebraska career very well. Cockrell was impressive throughout spring ball, earning significant action with the top defensive unit. Cockrell should battle for a starting spot at cornerback, and also showed the skills to play Nebraska’s nickel back position.
A native of Columbus, Miss., Cockrell will have three years to complete two seasons of eligibility after spending the past two years at East Mississippi Community College. The school was one of the nation’s best, sending 11 players to the FBS ranks for the 2014 season.
Cockrell earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll during the spring semester, carrying a 3.666 grade-point average in sociology.
Before Nebraska (Columbus HS/East Mississippi CC) Cockrell was a standout at East Mississippi CC, playing two seasons for Coach Buddy Stephens. In 2013, Cockrell played safety for the Lions and had three interceptions for 128 yards, including a 58-yard interception return for a touchdown. He added 33 tackles, four pass breakups, three tackles for loss and two sacks. His play helped East Mississippi to a perfect 12-0 record and the NJCAA title. Cockrell was part of a defense that ranked second nationally with 30 interceptions in 2013.
Cockrell was also a key performer for the Lions in 2012, helping the team to a 10-2 record. Cockrell finished with 20 tackles, including 16 solo stops, while picking off a pair of passes.
Cockrell attended Columbus High School, where he earned Class 6A all-state first-team honors as a senior in 2011. He had seven interceptions for 133 yards and was credited with 69 tackles, seven pass breakups and one forced fumble in his senior season. Cockrell also scored three touchdowns on offense as a senior.
He was a member of the Columbus track team, competing in the 100 and 400 meters, and the 4x100-meter relay. Cockrell was ranked among the top 10 junior college safeties in the nation by 247Sports. Cockrell also received offers from Southern Miss, Louisiana-Monroe, UAB and Middle Tennessee among others.
Personal Cockrell is the son of Elizabeth Cockrell, and he was born on March 21, 1994. Cockrell is a sociology major. He has volunteered his time at Randolph Elementary and with the Husker Hotline.