Bryce Givens meets new Husker coaches

Amongst Husker fans you can look at the list of commits and each person will have a favorite. One of those who would probably make all of their top fives is offensive lineman Bryce Givens. He finally got a chance to meet new Husker Head Coach Bo Pelini and offensive line coach Barney Cotton. And he made an official down to Texas. We caught up with him to see what all of this means right now.

For any Husker commit, the last few months have been a bumpy ride to say the least. And for players like offensive linemen Bryce Givens, he's seen the Head Coach fired and his would-be position coach is no longer there as well. When recruiting is so much about the relationships these young people form with these coaches, December isn't necessarily the time you want to start anew.

But sometimes that's how it goes and Givens, insisting that he's keeping an open mind to the school he originally committed to, met with new Husker Head Coach Bo Pelini and new Offensive Line Coach Barney Cotton.

"They were cool. Coach Pelini is a real intense kind of guy. You hear that about him and I like Coach Cotton, too," Givens said. "We just got to know each other a little bit. They talked about what was going on at the University and kind of what they are planning to do in the future."

Pelini is obviously a name Givens has heard about as the Nebraska Head Coach is still serving duty as the Defensive Coordinator at LSU. Once the Dead Period starts on the 15th of this month, where off-campus contact is no longer allowed, Pelini will head down to Baton Rouge , to get his Tiger defense ready for the national title game against Ohio State .

His success there, along with Oklahoma , are all things Givens knows about. But he has learned about Pelini from sources a little closer to home. "Our running backs coach is really good friends with Cory Ross," Givens said of his position coaches' relationship with the former Husker running back and current Baltimore Raven. "He doesn't even play defense and he said when Pelini was at Nebraska , players just loved the guy."

That's all good PR and it never hurts to get a recommendation from Ross, who is a Colorado native along with being a former member of the big red. But his voice and others speaking about Nebraska , isn't the only one in his ear.

One other voice comes from even closer, that of teammate, best friend and current Texas Longhorn commit Nolan Brewster. The future safety at Texas has often talked glowingly to Givens about a team that Givens himself grew up following a lot.

The two went down to Texas this last weekend on an official visit, and as you would expect, Givens came away impressed. "Well, there's just nothing bad about the place. It's a great town, a great atmosphere and they have so much tradition there," he said. "And the facilities are pretty ridiculous. They talk about how they will be able to hold around a hundred-thousand people in that stadium at some point. And they have that video board which is just huge."

As recruiting has wore on and Nebraska 's situation was such a question mark, it's not a surprise that many of the Husker commits would be checking out their options. And Givens has held that Texas offer, along with that of the home-state Colorado Buffaloes, for some time now. Following an official visit to Colorado this weekend, Givens thinks that in his mind he'll have done the necessary leg work to learn what he's wanted to learn.

After that, it should just be a matter of time.

Actually, the time when he makes his concrete decision is easy as Givens said he plans on announcing his final intentions at the U.S. Army All-American Game. And he said that it's down to these three schools. Other schools like the Florida Gators have also offered Bryce, but he said that it's going to be one of those three.

As far as how he feels about the situation he's in, he's happy about the opportunities, but this is a situation he would have liked to have avoided. "Well, it's just kind of a bad deal that Nebraska is going through what they are going through," he said. "I got to know those other coaches really well, and I obviously liked what I saw.

"We are talking about visiting there again before I make my decision, so I'm thinking of maybe asking Trevor (Robinson) if he wants to go and I'll check it out one last time. But I have a lot of good opportunities in front of me and every program has a lot of good things about it. It's going to be a tough choice, but it's nice to have the choices of places like these."

Keep your eyes peeled to Big Red Report as we'll bring you the latest on Bryce after his official visit to Colorado

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