I have to say I can't remember the last time a Florida school even recruited a kid in Nebraska, much less was the first to offer him, even ahead of the Cornhuskers.
That's exactly what happened, though, and Omaha Central linemen Harland Gunn was intrigued enough, he took a visit down to Miami and convinced enough, that now he's a future ‘Cane.
For Gunn, he knew even before he got back to Nebraska, but the only smart thing to do was to come back, let the emotion where off and see where they were at. "I told coach (Larry Coker) that I was thinking about committing, but I needed to go home, talk about it with my family and just see how everything felt," Harland said. "But everything I felt down there I still feel right now, so I knew it had to be the place for me."
The one defining factor for Gunn was what he referred to as an intense atmosphere, but family-oriented as well. It was an atmosphere he described as close, but everyone there knew what they were there to do. "It's definitely about winning down there, but you get that feeling that everyone is really close to each other," he said. "It's like just walking into a room full of family. Everyone just treats you like you are already part of the group."
Gunn said that while the family atmosphere sold him on the ‘Canes, there was one other factor which basically sealed the deal. It had to do with visits. After a few visits to other schools and more than he can count to the University of Nebraska, he said that it was the fact that it only took one visit to Miami to feel the way he did, which made it the obvious choice for him.
"I have taken lots of unofficial visits to places like Nebraska and been there to see the games and get a feel for what it's like," Gunn said. "And it's nice, but I only went down to Miami that one time and in that one time, I knew it was the place for me."
"I've been and seen a lot of schools and thought it was nice," Gunn continued. "But I saw Miami and I thought it was perfect. I know that's where I need to be."
Perfect or not, there's still more than 10 months to go before signing day and it's not like he's a Miami kid just waiting to fulfill a lifelong dream by being a part of the ‘Canes. He's a Nebraska kid and you can bet that the staff at Nebraska won't take kindly to losing one of its own.
The recruiting will continue, the pressure will be around and until Signing Day next year, the questions will hang as to whether Gunn is serious or not, determined or not or if he could yet change his mind.
Gunn said that if that was even a possibility, he wouldn't have committed at all.
"I don't know about other people, but I don't go around committing just because," he said. "I committed, because that's where I want to be. I know people will talk and I know there will still be recruiting, but when I said I am going to Miami, that's the only place I am going to be."
"So, I guess people can keep recruiting me, but I am done with visits and all that. Recruiting is over for me. I know where I want to go."
It's doubtful that Gunn's exodus will start a trend of any sort as this certainly isn't the first time Nebraska lost an in-state recruit to another school. But it's been far longer than I can remember they lost one to one of the teams in the deep southeast.
Gunn is one of them, though, and according to him, that's what he's going to stay. "I'm a ‘Cane," Gunn said. "That's it."