With so many commits needed in the 2012 class, Nebraska hasn't had much time to focus on next year's wave of talented players. But one Texas product they could not wait to offer any longer was Rider HS quarterback J.T. Barrett. After combining for over 3,100 yards this year through the air and on the ground, Barrett is one of the hottest commodities in Texas, holding a Texas Tech offer as well.
"Actually, it was sort of a surprise Nebraska offered me," said Barrett. "My coach had told me that Nebraska was sort of interested when he talked with Coach Beck, but I didn't realize he was that interested.
"On Facebook, he told me to give him a call sometime. Friday I called him up in the afternoon and he offered me...At first I didn't really know much about them, but talking to Coach Beck he told me a lot about the school. Now, with the offer I'm getting some research in and looking to see if it's a school I would want to attend."
Barrett guided Rider to a 10-4 record in Texas 4A football last season. With a completion ratio of 69 percent, 14 touchdowns to seven interceptions, and a rushing average of nearly eight yards a carry, schools like Texas, TCU, Oregon, Oklahoma, Baylor, and Texas A&M have already been sniffing around.
"The only school I'm scheduled to see right now is Baylor on the 29th for a junior day," said Barrett who talked about what shouldn't factor into his decision. "I don't think distance will be an issue for me. I'm just trying to find that university where I fit in, have success, and then have success after my four years. I don't think that going to a school out of state will be a big deal. If my relationship with Coach Beck grows, I could definitely see myself taking a visit up there to check things out.
"I love to win games. From what Coach Beck was telling me, that is what Nebraska is all about – winning games. It's one of the reasons why I play football."
So how would the junior describe his play on the field?
"I'm an athletic quarterback, that can keep plays alive when the play breaks down. I can throw on the move and am very optional at the quarterback position," said Barrett. "I'm a competitor and love to win. I'm a family type guy, I love to be around my teammates and am a hard worker."
Barrett has been keeping himself busy this winter, electing to also play basketball for Rider this season. But, it hasn't stopped him from thinking of football one minute.
"We have to keep working," Barrett said. "You have to keep moving and keep on improving. You can't dwell on it very long and you have to keep getting better, because everybody else is."
Stay with FoxSportsNext.com and Big Red Report as we continue to monitor J.T. Barrett's recruitment in the coming months.