DT.) Kevin Maurice
6-foot-3, 270-pounds / Freedom high school (FL)
- Mike Bakas, FOX Sports NEXT Florida Recruiting Analyst
Senior Honors: First-team Class 8A all-state honors from the Orlando Sentinel and was an all-district and All-Metro selection
Senior Stats: 70 tackles, 20 TFLs, nine sacks
The Lowdown: It's rare for recruits to commit to a school before visiting the campus, but usually never hurts Nebraska's chances with the player once he does. Maurice, a under the radar defensive tackle in Florida, committed to Nebraska just a day after picking up his offer from the Huskers.
The three-star prospect hails from the same high school Nebraska has practiced at the last two years in Orlando for the Capital One Bowl. The Huskers offered on January, 3rd, just two days after their loss to Georgia on New Year's Day. On January 4th, Nebraska defensive coordinator John Papuchis was in-home and that's when the senior pulled the trigger despite never visiting Lincoln.
"Nebraska is a great program with great tradition," Maurice said at the time. "Head coach Bo Pelini is a great coach, a defensive minded coach, and he's a players' coach."
Nine days later, Maurice headed north for an official visit and left not doubting his decision.
"If I had to rate it on a 1-10, I would go a 100," said the senior. "My host was Thomas Brown, he's a redshirt linebacker. He told me that the guys are all in. That is what I was looking for, 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."
During his 1-on-1 with Pelini, the head coach had a strong message for the 2013 prospect.
"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. "He loves the fact that I'm on board and is excited for me to get here.
"Early playing time and coaching stability were the two biggest things I was looking for besides academics. I plan on majoring in sociology or communications."
Why Nebraska: "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."
Who Recruited Him: Rick Kaczenski and John Papuchis
FOX Sports NEXT rating: 3-star prospect (No. 65 DT in the country)
BRR Projection: "Maurice has solid tools as a defensive tackle. He has good size, quickness, individual pass rush moves and a motor. There is a definite need for solid depth across the defensive line and if there is something to what Coach Bo Pelini has said about playing younger players possibly this season I think that the front seven on defense are the most likely spots. Coach Pelini, in an in-home visit, told Maurice to be ready to work and possibly play this year. The best thing for the player here though, in the long run, is to let him redshirt and get ready to play the next four years."