"My brother just got out of the hospital," Mendoza said. "He's doing alright now. He's a tough one. He got hurt and continued to play."
"Our season is over now. We ended up being 2-8. We didn't have a lot of seniors. We had 80-some freshmen when we were freshmen and now there is only 14 of us."
The in-home visits are set to begin in about a week and recruiting is still going very strong for Mendoza. Recently he dropped a team from consideration and is eyeing a couple of officials.
Mendoza fits into the college football picture in a lot of different places potentially. He is being looked at to play offense, defense or special teams in college, but he has a preference.
"I don't know. I can really do really what's asked and expected of me. Some people like me on defense, but I want to play offense in college."
Not much has been solved with the sole official visit to Nebraska. Mendoza is looking to take a couple more official visits to really sort out the leader board.
"Probably Nebraska, Kansas State, TCU and Texas Tech. If I had to commit today, I wouldn't know. I have been waiting for some other visits to know where I want to go."