Nebraska offers Chicago-area standout

He is being recruited to play all over the football field -- literally. Nebraska and Iowa State like him as an inside linebacker with the potential to play defensive line. Oregon likes him as a fullback, nose guard or a linebacker.

There is no doubt that Ryan Bain is very athletically gifted. He is a 6-foot-2 and 260 pound linebacker, fullback and tight end from Bolingbrook High School in Bolingbrook, Ill.

"I've heard everything about where schools want to play me," Bain said. "Some schools say that I could even play offensive line if I grow too big."

Bain still can rip off a 4.7 second 40-yard dash at 260 pounds. He bench presses 400 pounds, squats 525 and has a 30 inch vertical jump. Some schools are basically offering on sight of Bain.

"Nebraska came to the school. Coach Cosgrove saw my film, saw my build and verballed to my coach. He said that when he gets back he will be sending the letter officially."

"I have three offers right now. Oregon, Iowa State and Nebraska. Oregon was technically the first to offer although I didn't receive the letter until May 1."

With a month or so left of his junior year Bain is getting attention from all over the nation. UCLA was at his school today. He receives a steady stream of mail from most of the Big 10 as well as Notre Dame.

"The schools that are recruiting me the hardest are the schools that have offered me so far. I'm still open. I haven't even thought about my official visits year. I like the schools that have offered. I am very appreciative of the offers."

Bain's biggest strength on the football field may not be his size, his physical strength or his speed. He says that his aggressiveness is his biggest strength.

"You can always get stronger, faster, and quicker. Aggressiveness though you just have got to have. No one can take that away from me."

When asked about Nebraska Bain said, "I am interested in Nebraska a lot. I know all about them. They have more academic All-Americans than anyone else in the nation. People forget that and think that they are just about football."

Academics are important to Bain who carries a 3.15 GPA and a qualifying ACT test score of 22.

This summer Bain has plans to camp at Iowa State and possibly at Wisconsin and Michigan as well.

Don't expect an early commitment of Bain. The interest for him is just starting and he is set on making the best possible decision he can make for his future.

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