Nance working his way back

Euless Trinity linebacker Brian Nance is a 4-star product. He is currently rated the No. 10 outside linebacker in the country. He's a guy who could virtually go anywhere he wanted. But recruitment is far from his mind.

"I'm not really thinking about it right now," said Nance to on Sunday night. "My recruitment has gone fine. I'm still getting a lot of letters and stuff from schools and coaches. I just really haven't even been talking to any coaches or anyone. I haven't visited anywhere due to my injury, so it's pretty quiet right now."

Nance torn his ACL in February in an offseason training program. At the time, he had offers from Notre Dame, Oklahoma, USC, Arizona, Arkansas, Oregon, TCU, and Tennessee – but didn't lose a single one. He even picked up more, with schools like Nebraska jumping on board in May.

"Nebraska is still recruiting me. I'm interested in them, but I'm interested in everyone," said Nance. "I'm going to really start focusing on it when the season gets here. I will start calling around and taking visits when I have breaks and stuff. I might commit sometime during the season or right after the season.

"I definitely want to visit USC and Oklahoma. OU was my first offer, so I have to go there. Those schools aren't favorites or anything, but they are the mains I'm going to visit as of now. Other visits will fall into place down the road. I'm just more focused on getting healthy at the moment and being 100% heading into the fall."

When he's not focused on rehabbing, the soon to be senior is thinking about what could have been. Euless Trinity was one of the top teams in the nation last year. Undefeated going into the state 5A championship game, the Trojans lost to Pearland (Houston area) 28-24 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. If Trinity would have won, they would have likely been the No. 1 team in the nation.

"Everybody is still heat broken from all the hard work we put in last season and coming up just that short. I don't know how to even really talk about it. We didn't finish it off. I still have a picture of me from the fall that was in the paper with my head down after we lost. I look at it everyday and use it as motivation and everybody else uses stuff like that as motivation," said Nance. "All of us are working pretty hard because we feel like we have some targets on our backs. We want to make sure we accomplish everything this year we set out to do and it starts in the summer.

"As far as the younger guys needing to step up, you have to let them know that if we want the championship, it all starts in the summer. You have to be dedicated during this time. You have to show everyone your ready to play."

Brian Nance finished his junior season with 175 tackles, five interceptions (three for touchdowns) and two sacks. He says he can bench 285-pounds, squat 420 and claims a 39-inch vertical jump before the injury.

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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