"I liked the tempo a lot."
Hazelwood East running back Thomas Merriweather likes a fast tempo. He's used to it to a certain degree at his high school in St. Louis, Missouri. But he's not seen it quite like this. "Everything is really fast paced in what they do," Merriweather said. "It's one thing, then another, then another. They don't mess around."
Merriweather, accompanied by teammate and fellow Husker offeree fullback William Anderson knew the instant he got the letter, he wanted to come and see what Nebraska was all about. He enjoyed Nebraska's first full scrimmage, but got to enjoy a little of everything the University had to offer. "The indoor field was nice, but the facilities they are putting up now, I want to see those when they are done," he said of the Championship Indoor Center and the entire renovations to the north side of the stadium, set to be completed by August of this year. "I didn't get to see everything, but everything we saw was pretty cool."
Nebraska ranks as one of the teams he's looking at, but the Huskers are joined by those who have offered, which include Indiana, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Kansas State. Those are schools, which he thinks he'll be visiting most of if not all of throughout the off-season.
As for this trip making any impact as to just what he thinks about Nebraska now as opposed to prior to his visit, Thomas said that it sure didn't hurt. "Yeah, I'd say it helped them a little, but I still don't have any favorites," he said. "I like their offense and I liked how they really tried to run the ball during that practice."
"I'm still open, though, and I'll be looking at everyone that is interested in me."
While we haven't talked to his teammate as of yet, Thomas said that he believed William had many of the same thoughts as himself, plus both were happy to get to see former Hazelwood East standout, wide receiver Chris Brooks out there on the field.
That is until Brooks was sidelined with an injury, but Merriweather said that he didn't think it was serious. "I think it was a stinger, but I don't know for sure," he said. "I'm sure he's going to be ok."
Both Merriweather and Anderson will combine for one of the better running back/fullback duos in the Midwest this year. Between the two of them, they ran for over 2,100 yards as juniors.
Keep it right here as we will update you on what Anderson thought of the trip, along with various other visitors which include Oklahoma prep linebacker Jared Glover, Lincoln Southwest safety Ollie Sloup, Papillion- La Vista QB, Steve Heiman, Plainview high school defensive end Luke Lingenfelter, brother of current Husker Newton Lingenfelter, Sioux City, Iowa running back Tre-Darrius Canady, Ottumwa, Iowa offensive lineman Mitch Hauk and Des Moines, Iowa safety Jordan Bernstine, just to name a few.
Merriweather takes in Jr. Days at Nebraska
"I liked the tempo a lot."