Banderas looks to get healed

Lincoln Southwest linebacker Josh Banderas took his official visit to Nebraska, after unofficially attending every other home game.

LINCOLN, Neb. - Lincoln Southwest linebacker and Husker commitment Josh Banderas is no stranger to a Nebraska home game. He's been to every one this season, and quite a few more last year. So it wasn't much of a surprise to hear the four-star commitment didn't really do anything out of ordinary during his official visit over the weekend.

"Other than staying in the hotel and having a host, it wasn't really different," said Banderas, who was hosted by his former high school teammate Brandon Reilly. "I really got to know Randy (Gregory) really good. I talked to his dad and I feel like he really wants his kid to go to this place. Randy was all smiles during the game and tunnel walk. He gave little kids his autograph. He was having a lot of fun."

Known as one of the lead recruiters in the class, Banderas also spent time with five-star prospect Priest Willis, an Arizona native who decided to pack mostly shorts and tank tops while visiting Nebraska in late October.

"He was a little chilly going into half, so I gave him some hand warmers," said a laughing Banderas. "He was really eating up Twitter up though.

"I don't think the weather will affect too much, because I told him that he's going to get used to it, but maybe a little bit. If we are even in the recruiting race with another team, weather could be a factor, but you wouldn't think someone would pick the next four years of their life because of the weather."

Banderas, who saw his Lincoln Southwest SilverHawks fall 28-10 to Omaha North in the first round of the Nebraska Class A State Playoffs last week, plans to take a couple weeks off from football to get healed up. The Army All-American hurt his ankle early in the season and played through the pain at times the rest of the year. He hopes with a little rest, he will be ready for Army practices in early January.

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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