As Nebraska opened up spring practices yesterday, it wasn't just the media and high school area coaches in attendance. A number of recruits also took the chance to stop by the Hawks Center, including Lincoln Southwest's Josh Banderas.
The nation's No. 26 OLB has been to plenty of Nebraska contests before, but this was his first practice. And it was also the first time he's been to a Husker event since picking up his offer on junior day.
"It was good, it was the first practice I have ever been to. I went with my dad," said Banderas. "You would think that it would be about 800 percent different, but it's really the same as high school. You have the different stations and go from drill to drill.
"It was a little different. Before when I was watching them, it was like looking at a bunch of bigs guys who were on TV and way older. Now I think about it as these guys could possibly be my teammates in two years."
Since picking up his Nebraska offer in mid-February, Banderas has checked out schools like Iowa State and Kansas State, picking up offers from both schools. He was planning a visit to Wisconsin down the road, but things fell through.
"The schedule is really clear for now," said the junior. "Really there isn't anything planned for the rest of the school year.
"I really would like to have a decision made before my senior year so I can keep my mind focused on Southwest and making it to state. We are thinking and debating about going to Nebraska's camp, but if I don't go to Nebraska, I'm not really sure we will be going to any other ones. I might go to a Nike Sparq if it works out, but really nothing is planned."
The son of former Husker Tom Banderas, the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder made the Lincoln Journal Star's 1st team All-Super State in 2011, as Lincoln Southwest finished 9-2 in Class A on the year.