Touted NJ LB Nunez Reviews Maryland Visit

While much of the recruiting focus this year has been on local talent, the Maryland football staff isn't forgetting about it's allegiance to the talent-rich state of New Jersey. Recruiting coordinator Dave Sollazzo has the Terps very much in the mix for the nationally touted Hoboken (N.J.) duo of Isaac Holmes and Bernardo Nunez. TSR recently profiled Holmes, and now we have the latest on Nunez.


Nunez, a 6-foot-3, 235-pound rising senior, is the No. 37 defensive end in the nation according to Scout.com. He holds an impressive offers list, which includes Maryland, Rutgers, Virginia, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Syracuse Cincinnati, Temple and East Carolina. After taking a visit to College Park last week, Nunez told TurtleSportsReport.com that Maryland has as good a chance as anyone.

"I was just there for a visit. It was great," said Nunez, who posted a gaudy 130 tackles and 19 sacks as a junior. "I took a tour around campus and talked to the coaching staff, and saw the weight room and all of the facilities and places I would spend the next four years. And I saw how the stadium was going to look."

"It was pretty exciting. The campus was beautiful. It's nice and small so nothing is too far away and everything is in walking distance."

Nunez and Holmes, a prized defensive lineman, have known Sollazzo for several years now. Maryland was the second school to offer Nunez, following Rutgers. They are considering the possibility of playing together in college, and they already have a familiar face at Maryland in former Hoboken teammate Bearthur Johnson. While he was in town, he also talked to some of the current Terps, who gave him advice on making his decision.

"They told me that when you get to campus, you'll know if that's where you want to be," he said.

So, did he get that feeling at Maryland?

"It felt like that was one of the places that I would like to go," he said.

Nunez is a pure pass rusher who could play either outside linebacker or defensive end in college. He's looking for a program that offers early playing time, a coaching staff he can relate with and strong academics. He could commit this summer, but also likes the idea of checking out all of his options first via official visits; he doesn't have any more trips planned for this summer at this point.

"It could be [an early decision], there could be a chance. But I really want to take my five official visits. I'm afraid if I commit, I won't take my official visits," he said.

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