Huskers offer Sumner-Gardner

Mesquite (Texas) West is one of two, 4A schools in the city of Mesquite, but that doesn't mean that there isn't talent there. West had eight players sign football letters of intent and there should be another good group this recruit.

The Nebraska staff has been active in North Texas early this recruiting year. One of the schools that has seen multiple offers to their upcoming senior class is Mesquite (Texas) West. Dylan Sumner-Gardner picked up an offer about the time Nebraska started showing interest in a senior teammate.

"I picked up a Nebraska offer about two and a half weeks ago," Sumner-Gardner said. "It was about the same time that they came to my high school looking at Dimarya Mixon.

"I didn't know that I was going to get the offer. I was real surprised when I did get it. It felt good when I did knowing that they were interested in me because I have interest in them."

What Sumner-Gardner knows about Nebraska he likes. He knows that the Huskers were on television a lot last year, but he didn't specifically sit down and watch the Nebraska defense and how they expect their defensive backs to play.

"I haven't really looked into Nebraska specifically like what kind of defense they run and how their defensive backs play, but I have seen them on T.V. before. They are a real good team."

Sumner-Gardner had a solid junior year on a defense that literally graduated and had every one of the starters sign a letter of intent. Dylan will be part of a massive rebuilding project for West.

"I know that I had one interception, 10 pass break-ups, four forced fumbles and like 50 tackles. That was playing safety. I can play both safety spots.

"I can come down and hit in run support. I can also cover and I am football smart. I watch a lot of film and I know what's coming in certain situations."

Sumner-Gardner has been to a couple of junior days and there might be a couple of others on tap for him. He missed one, but will get another chance to make it again this weekend.

"I went to junior day at Baylor and at Texas A&M. I was supposed to go to Texas a week ago, but I might try and get down there this weekend. I also might try and get over to Alabama."

It's getting close to a double-digit offer total for Sumner-Gardner who is holding seven now. "I have seven offers from now. I have offers from TCU, Clemson, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Auburn, Nebraska and Baylor."

Sumner-Gardner already has a pretty good idea what he's looking for when it comes to picking out a school. He says how a team uses their defensive backs as well as the education will weigh big into his decision.

"I want to find a defense that I fit in and getting my education," Sumner-Gardner said. "Education is a big factor for me because no one plays football forever so you need a backup plan."

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 10 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 12 years.
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