To say this is an exciting time for Lance is a bit of an
understatement. To say that Lance's ultimate decision to be a Husker is a
surprise, that would be a bit of an over-statement. This wasn't fate mind you,
but for Lance, it was just a moment that he's been
Who's your favorite "It would have to be
football player in the pros?
Who's your favorite
"It would have to be Urlacher."
Ready implies a
mind-set that has developed over time, but based on where Lance came from, some
would say it was inevitable,
team? "The 49ers and the
Favorite NFL team?
"The 49ers and the Chiefs."
At the point of the
time he was offered, getting to know the coaching staff would have been an
issue, seeing as how not all of them were even there, the firing done, but the
hiring not yet finished. That state of flux was a consideration for Lance, but
as he got to know some of the coaches he would be dealing with directly, his
caution turned to optimism. "I like coach Pelini a lot." Lance
What's your favorite
dessert? "My Grandmother's Strawberry
"She's the best cook in the
CheeseCake. She always makes
it every time I come up to Nebraska."
What's your favorite dessert?
"My Grandmother's Strawberry
"She's the best cook in the nation."
With so much influence from the best league around, any defensive player would seem likely to give NU a closer look, simply because it offers them a chance (however slim) to get to the elite league, or at the very least, improve their chances for that. "Ever since I was a kid, that's what I wanted to be." Lance said of getting to the NFL. "I got a long ways to go though, so I have to worry about everything before that and I have to have something to rely on and that will be my education."
What's your favorite movie? "Rudy, Remeber the Titans and Are you like the Waterboy? "I might hit like him, but I'm not
quite that crazy."
What's your favorite movie?
"Rudy, Remeber the Titans and
Are you like the Waterboy?
"I might hit like him, but I'm not
It's almost a no-brainer that Lance and any other linebacker that's recruited this year will be asked to try and add depth to what will be a sorely depleted core. Lance, Maurice McClellan and Michael Keenan are all prospects that won't just have the opportunity to play right away, but in some cases, might be depended on to do just that.
There is a season to
go though. Yes, for the Huskers, but Lance has one more year to play at St.
Thomas Aquinas before his season at NU can start. Lance is focused on that, but
he realizes that part of him is already a Husker, that part no doubt
If you were a car, what "A truck. A Dodge
kind of car would you be?
If you were a car, what
"A truck. A Dodge Ram."
Lance marks the first fairly well-known prospect to commit to NU this recruiting season. Not to take anything away from any of the other capable and deserving recruits, Lance does commit with some publicity already well in place. Maybe it's that near 200 tackle season from his junior year. Whatever it is, you won't have to say ‘who' this time around, rather just say ‘when', wondering just how long it will take Lance before he hits the field for Nebraska.
It won't be soon enough for him.
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