Is Nebraska Still In It For Rey Maualuga?

With Rey Maualuga narrowing down his choices to Nebraska, Oregon and Southern California, one has to wonder how recent in-house visits are effecting the five-star linebacker prospect from California. Just how intense is Nebraska's recruitment of Maualuga and have any schools distanced them from the pack?

Rey Maualuga is the linebacker that everyone wants.  He's got size, speed, agility and possibly most importantly, a good head on his shoulders.  Despite that, however, the University of Nebraska has fallen from Rey's list of potential schools.  Apparently, with the commitment of Steve Octavien to Nebraska, the Cornhuskers have loaded up on as many linebackers as they plan to take for this class.  "They got a junior college linebacker, so they said they're done with their college linebackers," said Maualuga.  Rey said that he didn't harbor any ill will towards Nebraska for their decision, however.  "Naw, it's cool," he said.


Oregon and Southern California both offer Maualuga different things, but the differences are very minor.  So minor, in fact, that Rey sees a lot of similarity between the two programs.  "They're just close.  Coaching-wise they basically offer the same thing. Every time we talk they're just fired up.  They show a lot of love to me and that's what I care about," he said.  Rey said that he does plan to make a decision about his future collegiate choice before signing day arrives.  


Rey points out that both Oregon and USC are still recruiting him very aggressively and are using every tool at their disposal.  "Just those two are still taking visits.  Oregon'll be here Thursday and one of the coaches from SC just came here yesterday.  They've both been there a few times.  Oregon's looking at me for a linebacker spot, but Pete Carroll's also looking at me for a fullback spot," said Maualuga.    Regardless of which team actually ends up with the exciting prospect, that organization will be inheriting a quality athlete and a fine young man to call its own.


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