It's early, but Nick Ramirez says he enjoys the recruiting process.
"I like getting calls from people - interviewers, coaches," the Class of 2013 linebacker said. "I like visiting colleges and talking to coaches. I'm not a kid with favorites. So, whoever gets in contact with me, those are the schools I'll be checking out."
As Ramirez continues to attract attention, his outlook on recruiting could benefit him. It can become a grind for those prospects who don't embrace it.
Ramirez hails from Lee's Summit (Mo.) West High. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder reports scholarship offers from Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Purdue. He would like to make a college choice sooner rather than later.
"I'll be graduating at semester (of his senior year) and enrolling in a college in January so I can go to spring practice," Ramirez said. "I'll probably decide either this summer or during my season."
Ramirez attended Iowa junior day on Feb. 5 and was at Missouri's junior day on Feb. 11. He's planned to be at Nebraska this weekend and was expected to take part in similar events at Arkansas and Kansas next month. He saw games at Nebraska, Missouri and Arkansas last fall.
Ramirez said he was impressed with his first two junior days.
"I have good feelings about the Iowa program," he said. "It's a great program. I like the coaches. I like how they want me, not just another linebacker. I like that I could fit well into the program. I like the campus, too. It was a cool place to see and check out."
Ramirez is familiar with the Missouri surroundings.
"I really like Missouri," he said. "I've grown up liking Missouri. I've been a Missouri fan since I was little. That's still not going to impact my decision, though. I'm wide open.
"I like the coaches. It feels like they treat me like family. I like the campus. I have a lot of friends that go there, too. That would be cool to go to school with my friends again."
Ramirez can move for a player of his size. He runs the 100-yard dash on the West track team, posting a personal best of 11.0 seconds in the race. He also puts the shot and throws the discus.
"I'm a big guy that can run," he said. "I have a nose for the ball. I'm a big hitter, too, and play well side to side."
Ramirez played on the inside as a sophomore and moved outside last season.
"I would like to say that I like inside better," he said. "There's more action and you get to hit people more."
Ramirez, who is looking to study criminal justice or business in college, is working hard in the offseason to prepare himself for a big senior year.
"I do speed and conditioning," he said. "I have a personal trainer and I work out at the school. I'm doing something all of the time, really. Even during the summer, I don't have that much time to hang out with my buddies."