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Nebraska was close - very close to picking up a commitment recently, but some academic hurdles have presented themselves to this player. While he could have decided to go elsewhere because he could transfer right now he decided to stick it out, take the class and try to get to Nebraska. The Huskers have been No. 1 , but some teams could enter the picture.


It's been an eventful past couple of weeks for Marcus Rios from Elk Grove (Calif.) Consumnes Oaks. He might be committed and ready to spend his last couple of weeks at home before enrolling at school. That being said, there has been some issues with getting things finalized.

"We have been in a lot of conversations with the admissions office at Nebraska," Mr. Rios said. "When we were committed to Boise State we went towards what we needed to enroll early at Boise.

"Since we have had a chance to review the classes Nebraska has come back and said we were short a Geometry class. Our SAT and ACT requirements were there. Notre Dame was the same thing, but they were Spanish. They wanted another half-year of a foreign language."

The need to take a couple of other classes required Rios and his family to re-look at the schools that he could go to now. That list wasn't among his top group of schools and a plan was put together to get Rios through the two classes he needs and done by early March.

"When those came through we looked at the January entry list of schools those schools were necessarily our first pick of schools. Oregon came in very late and said that they also needed more time to evaluate.

"As that week went by we had meetings with our district and with our principal. We wanted to know if we could take the two classes and graduate March 2nd. That would put us in a position for both Notre Dame and Nebraska. It also put us in position to enroll early at UCLA, Oregon and Oregon State potentially."

The extra class, Geometry, isn't a NCAA requirement; it's a Nebraska admissions requirement. That extra requirement could come back to haunt as Rios will have some other options when he finishes up in March now. "We would have been going to Nebraska. They were our #1 choice. It was a done deal."


Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for nine years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 11 years. His work can also be seen in Scout.com's SuperPrep Magazine.
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