Academic Standards Important to Rios

Nebraska jumped into 4-star CB Marcus Rios' recruitment pretty late, but might be the perfect fit for the California product.

Elk Grove (Cali) Cosumnes Oaks 4-star cornerback made big news earlier this week when he decommitted from Boise State. He made even more news when he emailed Big Red Report to report an official visit for November 5th.

On Wednesday night, Big Red Report talked with Rios' father Richard to find out how the Huskers jumped into the equation.

"They were sending us just general mail and pamphlets, so when we decommitted, we called them up to see what kind of interest they had," said Richard Rios.

The Rios talked with Nebraska defensive secondary coach Corey Raymond, who immediately flew out to California the next day to look into the 4-star further. After a couple conversations, Raymond and Nebraska offered Marcus.

But where does he go from he? With plans to take five official visits and Boise State still not out of the equation, Marcus has to decide quickly. He plans to graduate at semester and be an early enrollee at whatever school he decides. His father informs that the two are doing as much research as possible to learn about new schools like Nebraska jumping into his recruitment.

"Time will be a big factor for us now," said Richard Rios. "We have enjoyed the process...we committed early to Boise because we couldn't see playing anywhere else.

"But we realized that we are are looking for a fit that has both good football and great academics. We can't say that's not Boise, they are still in it, but we have to look at the options."

Both Marcus and Richard know Nebraska's academic standards and it's something that excite the father-son.

"It's a huge plus to us. We are not trying to waste anyone's time and if the academics weren't strong, we wouldn't be interested," said Richard. "It's the number one item we are looking for right now. We wouldn't be very comfortable too far away from home, but Nebraska would be an exception."

Besides Boise State, schools like Arizona State and UCLA are being considered. Plus schools like Cal and USC have showed interest at one point or another.

Last week, Rios was selected to the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.

Stay with Big Red Report as we continue to monitor Rios' recruitment, along with other undecided 2012 prospects. Evaluation of Marcus Rios: Rios is a corner with good length and strength. He is a physical corner that plays better closer to the line of scrimmage. He uses his hands well up tight, he jams well, and he plays a physical corner position. Could serve to put on some weight, still is a little slight, but plays bigger than he is. Rios has the skills to be a very good tight corner on the next level. -Brandon Huffman

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