Ramirez making the Junior Day rounds

Nebraska is already set to host a number of recruits that have offers and recruits that could get offers later in the process, but add one to the list. Nebraska took four linebackers last year, but there is a definite need to rebuild the positions as a whole and to continue to develop depth. Nebraska is eyeing a top linebacker from a neighboring state.

Talk about a player in the 250 mile radius that Nebraska needs to land it's likely that you will mention Nick Ramirez. Ramirez, a standout linebacker from Lee's Summit (Mo.) West, is 6-foot-2 and 230-pounds and claims 4.6/40 speed.

"I am just working out right now," Ramirez said. "I don't wrestle or play basketball. I will be doing track in the spring. I run the 100m, 200m, shot-put and discus. My best 100m time is 11-flat. That's not real good, but for a big guy that is moving pretty good."

Nebraska is set to host Ramirez on the weekend of the 18th, but he has already been to one junior day, is going to another before Nebraska and has one set after the Nebraska junior day. Ramirez has been and will continue to be busy.

"I have been to Iowa already for junior day. I am going to Missouri next weekend and I am going to Nebraska the following weekend. On the 3rd I am headed to Arkansas."

This won't be the first time in Lincoln for Ramirez. In fact, he probably went to one of the best games in Nebraska's history last year when the Huskers hosted the Buckeyes and made a great comeback to beat Ohio State.

"I was up for an unofficial visit last year for the Ohio State game. The Husker fans never gave up during that game. They have faith in their team. I loved all of the excitement about that weekend. I met all of the players, saw the facilities and walked out on the field. I love the atmosphere."

Ramirez saw the Nebraska defense up close that night and after watching he thinks that he is a good fit for the style of defense that Nebraska wants to run. He says that his qualities as a linebacker are the main reasons why he thinks he fits Bo Pelini's defense.

"I think that I am a good fit for Bo's defense, totally. I think that I fit in best as a MIKE; playing inside. I fill real well, I am aggressive and I have really good instincts. I am not afraid to come up and stick people and I am quick also moving side to side laterally. I don't mind throwing my body around trying to make plays."

There are already a number of players on the team from Lee's Summit (Mo.) and Ramirez says that he knows them. "I know Wil Richards and I know both of the May's that are there, Matt May and Andrew May, and I think that Matt is done though. I know that all three of them walked on from Lee's Summit."

There are four offers on the table already for Ramirez with the latest coming just last week from another Big Ten team. He says that he is looking for the perfect fit of a school and distance will not play much of a role in his decision.

"I have four offers right now. I have offers from Nebraska, Missouri, Purdue and I just got an offer from Iowa. I just got that offer from Iowa last week.

"I am looking for a school that I fit in the program well, be comfortable and really a place where I can make a difference. Distance really isn't a factor with my decision."

Ramirez had a solid junior year, but in comparison to his junior year the numbers probably weren't quite as good. The main reason is because of injuries Ramirez was moved to outside from inside and said that he just wasn't around the ball as much as he was the year before.

"One of my top honors was being named to the all Simone team which is made up of the top players in the states of Missouri and Kansas. I was on there and one of three linebackers and was a junior on mainly an all senior list. I was all-state and all-metro.

"I am not sure what my exact numbers were last year, but I know they weren't as good last year since I moved outside and played inside the year before. It was a good experience for me. Last year I was around 135 tackles and this year I hit around 100 tackles, but I just wasn't around as much action."

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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