Maurice loves his first trip to Lincoln

Nebraska commitment Kevin Maurice talked with head coach Bo Pelini before boarding a plane back to Florida on Sunday. The head coach had a message for the defensive tackle.

Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini had a message for defensive tackle Kevin Maurice – a Husker commitment visiting Lincoln for the first time this weekend.

"He said that he wants me playing next year, so get ready. He wants me to come in with a mindset of taking someone's job," said Maurice before boarding a plane back to Florida on Sunday afternoon. "He loves the fact that I'm on board and is excited for me to get here."

Maurice, who plays at Freedom high school (FL), was a standout during his senior year registering 70+ tackles and nine sacks. He committed to Nebraska nine days ago after hosting the Huskers in-home and seeing them practice in Orlando, Florida for the Capital One Bowl.

It's rare for recruits to commit to a school before visiting the campus, but usually never hurts Nebraska chances with the player once he does. Maurice's case was no different.

"If I had to rate it on a 1-10, I would go a 100," said the senior. "It's a great town. They really put forth the effort to make sure they have the best facilities and the best educational tools. I mean it's a great town. There really aren't many things to get you in trouble or to cause distractions – I really was impressed with that.

"My host was Thomas Brown, he's a redshirt linebacker I believe. He told me that the guys are all in. That is what I was looking, a program that was all football. He told me that there would be times they might get under my skin, but that it was all for a purpose and that they were a family there. That's what I want."

Maurice had offers from Boston College, Memphis, Florida Atlantic, Bowling Green, among others before picking the Huskers. He doesn't reget his decision, even if the weather was slightly colder in Nebraska compared to Florida.

"The weather was 18 degrees, but I have a leather jacket," said a laughing Maurice. "It didn't faze me much. I'm not worried about it at all. They don't play in that type of weather."

Stay with Big Red Report as we continue to monitor the 2013 class with just weeks before National Signing Day.

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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