"We worked out Monday through Thursday starting out at 8 am," said Sirles. "We did a lot of lifting and conditioning, we also just had our first real practice. I've already lost ten pounds, I'm down to 290 and it feels pretty good. Our first two-a-days are coming up this week and those will be pretty tough."
When his team does take the field this year it will be with lofty expectations.
"We will probably be ranked #1 coming into the season, and we have a lot of returning starters coming back. Last year we had the top offense (total yards) in the state. Our quarterback is the coach's son, so he knows our offense like the back of his hand.
I've played with our running back Tommy Flanagan since I was five years old. We will be the captains of the team and we have great chemistry on the field together. As a team, I think we should be pretty dominant this year."
Having offers from all across the nation, Sirles says it was hard narrowing it down, but he's happy with the choices he made.
"You really can't go wrong at either school. Both Nebraska and Oregon are good football programs that I could see myself playing for. That is why those are my top two schools. It will be a tough decision."
One noticeable difference in his final two is the offensive systems being run by both programs. Nebraska is more of a west coast style while Oregon prefers the spread. Sirles said it will be a factor he considers before picking a school.
"I love the spread because it's what I've grown up running, I like being in the two-point stance so I can see what's going on. I won't go to a school just for the sake of playing in the spread though, but I do love playing in it."
"The west coast offense is a very tough hard-nosed smash mouth style of football that I love to watch being run. I could see myself playing in that offense, and I'd love playing in that offense too. Sometimes in the fourth quarter you have to be able to take it to the ground and run out the clock to get a win, and that offense can do that."
Even with all the talk about offensive schemes, relationships with coaches many times can be the determining factor for a recruit. Sirles said he has built a solid rapport with a couple members of the Huskers staff.
"I talk to coach Cotton a lot, he is awesome. He sends me hand written letters all the time and I'm supposed to be calling him back soon."
"I also got to meet coach Bo Pelini on my unofficial and we hit it off pretty good. We actually sat in his office and talked for about a hour and 45 minutes. It was awesome getting to know him and he is really a great coach."
Sirles says he will "definitely take officials to Nebraska and Oregon" before deciding but hasn't set those dates yet. Stay tuned to Big Red report for the latest on Jeremiah Sirles recruitment.