Huskers first to extend offer to Vegas LB

The Huskers have been first to offer a lot of players this year only to have other team follow suit and open up the offer floodgates. Well, the Huskers have found another gem of a player in the desert of Nevada and are the first to offer. Can Nebraska hold on to their lead for this prospect and get him to come to Lincoln?

The latest Husker offer comes today after a little confusion and a lost package. Ron Palo doesn't let it bother him because it is Nebraska that has stepped up and offered the standout from Las Vegas (Nev.) Western.

"I made a phone call to Nebraska after school to talk to the coaches. I was told that I had an offer sent to me, but I never received it," Palo said. "Apparently they sent it to the wrong address."

"I have been getting my mail from Coach Blake at Nebraska. I haven't had a chance to talk to him. I got a handwritten letter from Nebraska, some information on how they did some charity work and another was an invitation to the spring game this past weekend, but I wasn't able to go."

Has the early offer, and his first, made a positive impact on his feelings for Nebraska? "Most definitely they are the leader in my mind. I like their tradition and how football players are treated like kings there; the atmosphere there as well. My leader would first be Nebraska. After that I would say Michigan, Oklahoma, Florida and that is about it."

"They have been writing me for a while. They are extraordinary. It's a dream come true to hear from them and to be playing at this level. I didn't grow up a Husker fan, but I became one a couple of years ago."

Besides Nebraska sending steady mail to Palo there isn't anyone that is doing it as regularly as they are. However that is sure to change with a little self-promotion that will be going out in the coming days.

"I am getting a lot of admission mail for academics, but nothing else for football. My GPA is at a 2.8 right now. I am taking both of the tests in May. I am sending tapes to Oklahoma and Wisconsin right now."

What Palo brings to the table is good size and speed as a linebacker and the potential to grow into playing defensive end possibly at the next level.

"I play the WILL linebacker in our defense. We run a 5-2 and a 4-3 defense. When we are in the 5-2 I was up on the line of scrimmage. Basically, I am there for the hit. I have good containment skills too."

"Most of the teams that we play against design their offenses to go away from me. I'm coming pretty much every time. I ended up with 68 tackles and 53 were solos and had four sacks. I didn't play offense last year, but I will be playing fullback this year."

"I went to one camp last year. It was just a two day camp. I went to the USC camp last weekend. If I can get some other junior day or spring game visits planned I will go to them."

"I measured in at 6-foot-1 and 217 at USC. We did an official measurement at the high school and I measured in at 6-foot-2.5, so I think that they were a little inaccurate. Overall I feel pretty good about how I tested except for the shuttle."

"My 40 time was a 4.73. It was on grass and I am pretty sure it was a slow surface. We tested in bench press and vertical jump. I did 17 reps at 185 and had a vertical jump of 30 inches."

The USC camp may be the last plan that Palo had on his plate for the summer. It doesn't seem possible for him to get to Lincoln this summer for camp or for an unofficial visit. However, that doesn't mean that Palo won't be visiting Nebraska at all.

"At the moment I am not going to make any other trips. I am going to wait until this fall to see Nebraska on an official visit and go to one of their games."

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