Austin (Texas) Lake Travis high school offensive tackle Brenden Jaimes was in Lincoln for the fourth time over the weekend, but this time the Nebraska commit was on an official visit.
“The food was great. I don’t think I was hungry the entire time I was there. Everything you could think of – steaks. Everything,” said Jaimes. “It felt like home. I got to spend a lot of time with the coaches and players. They all treated me like I was already going there – like I had been there a while. It was great.
“I feel like I have a really good relationship now with some of the players and that’s a big thing when you get to college.”
Currently the 6-foot-5 prospect is weighing in at 270. The staff has laid out what they would like to see from the senior over the next few months.
“They have told me that I’m going to most likely get redshirted,” said Jaimes. “I think that is best. But knock on wood, if injuries do occur, I will step up if needed. I’m all about doing anything for the team.
“They want me at 280 to 285 before I get up there, so that is going to be the goal the next few months. If I can get there and then add some in the summer, I think I will be ready body wise to contribute right away.”
A recent addition to the Scout.com Top 300, Jaimes was upgraded to a four-star prospect after a strong senior season. With the increased notoriety and strong play, other teams jumped into the mix. The list includes TCU, with Texas all but offering.
“I’m 100 percent committed, but when teams started rolling in, I had long talks with my dad about it,” admits Jaimes. “Nebraska was always going to have a special place in my heart. Coach Cav gave me a chance to play at a major school. But I did reevaluate my recruiting process.
“I had to think about not only me, but my family. But in the long run, what was best for me was to take the recruiting process like a selfish deal. It wasn’t my parent’s decision. It was my decision and I needed to do what was best for me – not only football wise but academic wise. Nebraska would not only give me a good football career, but a great career after football.
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We will check in with Jaimes on National Signing Day.