Huskers set to host JUCO DB

The name Larry Brackins is more or less a punch line nowadays. 'Who was that player that decided to turn pro out of junior college a couple of years ago?' Yeah, that would be Larry Brackins. Drafted late on the second day of the draft Brackins is no longer in professional football, but if this junior college player could get it arranged he would make the jump too.

Thatcher (Ariz.) Eastern Arizona has been known recently for turning out some very good players. This year one of their top players is defensive back Armando Murillo. Murillo hasn't had a big year statistically, but he has been huge for EAC.

"We're 3-1 right now," Murillo said. "My season personally has been going pretty good. I don't know what my stats are for sure. I haven't been keeping up with that."

"I know that I don't have any interceptions. I do know that. Opposing teams don't throw the ball my way. That is part of the reason as to why I don't have any. The first game they threw my way and I about picked it. They didn't even look my way after that."

This is the time of year where officials are really starting to get set up. Murillo has one coming up to a school that is definitely looking for more help in the secondary.

"I do have an official visit set up to see Nebraska on September 30. I want to see who they have there. I am really concerned who they have there and how they treat their players."

While Nebraska might be looking to get Murillo in and hopefully get him committed he isn't sure that he will on his trip. He is traveling to Nebraska alone and needs to talk about this with his family.

"I couldn't say that I would be ready on the trip to go ahead and commit. I would need to talk to my mom about everything. This will be a family decision."

Beyond the official to Nebraska, Murillo is looking to take an official to a school a little closer to EAC. "I have the official to Nebraska and Arizona State. That visit is the weekend after our last game. I think that is November 18."

The Nebraska staff has been very good with Murillo and he is looking forward to having more of a chance to talk with him. "Coach Bill Busch is recruiting me from Nebraska. He's a really cool guy. I like him."

Nebraska is one of a handful of offers for Murillo. When school and the season started Murillo hasn't had a chance to really think about his favorites. He is concerned about doing well in school and on the season.

"I have offers from Nebraska, Arizona State, Oregon State, Iowa State, Ole Miss, Florida and Alabama so far. I haven't really thought about my favorites. As soon as the season and school started I am just concentrating on those things."

Taking a trip to Nebraska isn't that big of a deal for Murillo. He has already had to travel quite a distance away from home to attend junior college. "I played high school ball in Tampa (Flor.) Robinson."

While Murillo physically is one of the better cornerbacks available, 6-foot-0 and 190 pounds with 4.4 speed, he will also be ready to enroll early. "I will be able to graduate this fall. I will be able to enroll at where I decide to go in January."

Murillo may be ready to enroll to a division one school early he hasn't ruled out other options. Options that may include him suiting up, preferably for his hometown team, on Sundays as opposed to Saturdays.

"I was watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and they need some help now. I am thinking about that. I want to call and tell them to pick me in the draft."


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