Then, the phone rings.
"I was pretty surprised." John said. "You don't really expect anyone to call you that late when you've never talked to them before."
Yeah, late might be the understatement of the world, but given his current options, not even 48 hours before the first day of signing day could deter him from taking one last trip, that scheduled for this weekend.
"I was waiting for all the coaches to get situated." John said. "That looks like this weekend I guess, so that's when I am heading up."
For anyone to up and decide they are going to take a visit, one that would take them past signing day, that team would have to be a pretty interesting possibility. Or, maybe interesting is too light of a word. You would have to absolutely know what you were going to do. "Oh, I know I am going to Nebraska." John said. "That's where I am going to play my college ball."
John is being recruited by the Huskers either as a WR or Safety. You don't have to wait very long though to hear what John would rather do. "I'd rather do the hitting." he said. At 6'3" and around 200 lbs. you can imagine that other than the guys on his side of the ball, he's perhaps the only one.
Honestly, you look at John's size and equate that to a safety, if you are defensive minded, you have to drool, offensive, cringe in fear. The room to build on for John is there and it's just what he plans to do. "I know I can be a totally different player at the next level." he said. "At Nebraska, they have what it takes to make you that."
Add the impressive physical measurements to his reported 40 of a 4.4 flat, drooling and cringing aside, there's a little "awe" to be had by all.
John stands as the only one hoping to be in awe or rather expecting it as he travels to Lincoln today. It's a trip that is figuratively academic because he knows exactly how things are going to go. "I'm going up there, check everything out and just tell them I will be back."
On the season, Vigers had 81 tackles and 6 interceptions for Tara high school and was first team All-State in Louisiana.
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