Huskers have good one growing in-state

There is little doubt that after listening to Coach Bill Callahan speak at the recruiting press conference that it is a must to lock-down in-state recruits. The success of the team will always have a direct correlation to home-grown boys so Nebraska will need to start looking to Millard North and Paul Homer.

As far as seasons go, you couldn't have expected much else from 6-foot-1 and 230 pound, Paul Homer. The inside linebacker from Omaha (Nebr.) Millard North put together a solid junior campaign.

On defense, Homer tallied 180 total tackles of which 126 were solos. He had 11 tackles for loss, two sacks, three interceptions and another 11 passes broken up. On offense he rushed for 371 yards and three touchdowns.

He really played last season at around 210 to 215 pounds and is up to around 230 right now. "I have been putting on some weight these past couple of months. I have been lifting and the weight just came out of nowhere really."

He is a mobile linebacker who can guard sideline to sideline with a 4.7/40. That range helped in his productivity and led to all-metro, all-district and all-state honorable mention honors.

While no one has offered Homer yet, there are some teams that seem definitely interested. "Nobody has offered me yet, but I am getting some people talking about it. They are sending me a lot of stuff in the mail."

As of right now the home state Huskers hold the advantage for Homer. "Well right now, Nebraska definitely because I am from there. They're huge. Then there's Iowa. I am interested in them. Kansas State was sending me some stuff, but I haven't spoken to anyone from there."

While Nebraska may hold the edge on Homer's list, Iowa seems to be recruiting him the hardest right now. "They are the only ones that are striving to make contact with me right now. They're the ones that are sending me the most mail and information from them. I get quotes from them and facts about the school. One thing was about their medical school."

Last summer, Homer attended one day of a session in Lincoln. "I really wasn't motivated to tell you the truth. I knew that they wouldn't be looking at me yet and the idea was to go down there and try and get my name out a little bit."

This summer, Homer will be taking a bit of a different approach considering he will be a senior this year. "I am planning on going to a lot of camps this year. Most of them will just be one day camps because I play baseball. I will be going to the Nike camp in Manhattan this summer. Nebraska and Iowa both sent me camp forms."

There are some key things that Homer thinks helps him on the field to be so successful. "I think part of it is my speed. I am not incredibly fast, but I can get to the running backs through the line. I kind of have that feel from the offensive movements. I can see the ball real well."

Homer knows that there are some things that he will plan on polishing up this summer. "I am going to work on my quickness, my footwork, and my tackling. I am going to work on better form while I am driving through the person."

Homer will still play fullback this year and plans on addressing some needs there too. "I can bring the wood and run block. I am probably not as good at pass blocking as I need to be. That will come with quickness. I think that I can clear holes for running backs."

Homer would like to play linebacker at the next level and it would appear that he will get that shot given all of the early attention that he is getting and all of the camps that he is planning on attending.


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