Carnes changes course, opts for Huskers

Touted quarterback Brion Carnes made a last-minute switch Wednesday morning when he committed to Nebraska.

Carnes, a product of Manatee High School in Bradenton, Fla., had been committed to Western Kentucky since a weekend recruiting visit.

Emotions were pulling Carnes in different directions. New Western Kentucky coach Willie Taggert had formerly been a quarterback at Manatee High School earlier in his career. But Carnes is a second cousin of legendary Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier.

But Bo Pelini's late push and the Cornhuskers' recent on-the-field improvement were the biggest selling points for Carnes.

"Just the atmosphere," Carnes told the Lincoln Journal Star. "Just the fact this is Nebraska. My goals and dreams are to push for a BCS national championship, try to contend for a Heisman Trophy. I feel I can do that at Nebraska."

Those are some lofty goals, considering that Carnes likely will be battling for playing time with sophomore-to-be Cody Green, among others. But it's still a big get for the Cornhuskers, with several more key recruits announcing their choices later in the day.