"I was overwhelmed, basically."

You can be told about the experience and yet never fully understand what the full impact will be until you actually experience it. That is exactly what happened to Cruz Barrett. Barrett was told ahead of time that if he made the trip to Nebraska for the official that nothing would be the same. He didn't know what that meant at first, but now he does.

Cruz Barrett made the trip to Nebraska despite coming off a game the night before. A game that effectively ended his high school career. The 6-foot-5 and 310 pound lineman from Daytona Beach (Flor.) Mainland had a long day on Saturday and even a longer day on Monday.

"We lost to Palm Bay on Friday night," Barrett said. "Right after the game, I had to get up in the morning and catch the flight."

"I got back from Nebraska at about 3:00 in the morning (on Monday)," Barrett said. "I still went to school. The flight got back to Orlando around 1:30 in the morning. But my ride and I stopped to get something to eat."

Despite the very long weekend, the lack of sleep wasn't a big enough distraction for him to not have a terrific time in Lincoln. "I liked it. I enjoyed it. I had a good time. The atmosphere, the game atmosphere, the coaches, and the fans especially. I was overwhelmed, basically. It wasn't what I expected."

When he says wasn't what he expected, he really means it wasn't what he expected. Some people just don't have any idea what to expect coming from higher populated areas or where there isn't a beach or mountains. For Barrett though, what he actually got in Lincoln was an eye opening experience.

"First I thought it was going to be really cold. I also thought it was going to be pretty much country. I thought there wouldn't be that many people either. I didn't realize how many people come out to the games. Everybody knows what goes on. They say football is the center of Nebraska. They don't have any pro teams."

"I could hear the fans in the stands saying that we need offensive linemen. The tunnel walk was good. It was cool. I got to do that with the other recruits. Some of the fans recognized me. A lot of those people live on Scout.com and I didn't even know if I was coming until late, but they had signs up and everything."

Going to Lincoln was the first of the official visits for Cruz. It's tough to assign a rating to a visit, but if you base it against things that you are looking for then you can get a rating.

"This was my first official visit. That visit right there kind of put everything out there for me to look at all of my other visits. On a scale of 1-10 I would give it like a '10'. I would give it a '9' or a '10'. I really would. Like I said, it was overwhelming. I didn't expect to have the type of experience that I had. They were straight forward and talked to me about everything."

While he was on his visit Barrett might have pulled the trigger on a commitment to Nebraska had he had someone to discuss the decision with there in Lincoln. "I thought about it, but I said that I needed to talk to my coach and that I was going to discuss it with him. All of the other recruits that already committed said for me to just go ahead and do it. But I had no one to discuss it with. They said back to me that it was my decision and all."

"I said that I would like to talk to my coach. I spoke to my coach and he told me that if I go up there to Nebraska for a visit that it would change everything. I guess that he pretty much knows about Nebraska. I didn't know what he was saying at the time, but it really did."

Barrett knows how the rest of the process should go for him. He should be taking more visits, comparing them all and come to a decision around the first of the year. "I will see if I can get some more official visits set up and then compare them and see what they have. I would sit down and make some extra hard thinking. I would say sometime in late December or in January. Sometime before signing day."


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