One of the keys to recruiting is getting in early on a prospect before the flood gates open and other offers start to pour in from everywhere. This will hopefully be the case with the Huskers and their recruitment of Aaryn Bouzos.
But according to his father, Jason Bouzos, offers don't get much bigger than the Big Red.
"I can tell you Aaryn is really excited about this offer from Nebraska, I am, and the whole family is, this is a big offer. He would be excited to fit in anywhere he can at Nebraska. I can tell you, as a family, we understand the history of Nebraska football, and the quality of education they can provide.
"And being a father, knowing he is going to a structured program, where academics are stressed, is very important to me.
"On the football side, when you name the top 10 programs in the history of college football, you always have Nebraska," said Mr. Bouzos.
"They have been one of the most dominant programs over what, the last 50 years. If my memory serves me right, I think they have sold out every home game since 1962, that's like 85,000 people. Believe me, I know all about Nebraska football. The head coach has a great background too, at LSU for a couple years as a defensive coordinator, and at Oklahoma."
Is distance from home going to be a big hurdle here, how would you feel about your son leaving the area for school?
"I would send my son to Alaska if it meant he would get a good education, and just so you know, Aaryn feels the same way. Anywhere is a possibility for him, I know he is ready to get out there and experience life. I know the one thing he wants, a place where he has a chance to win a championship. He wants to help a team win a national championship, and obviously Nebraska offers that."
And as was mentioned earlier, other offers could be on the way.
"He has offers from Nebraska and Wyoming now, but he gets a lot of mail from most of the west coast teams, and I know the Notre Dame, UCLA and Oregon coaches have been calling about him. TCU and Georgia Tech have started to come in too."
He also said Nebraska would get one of those official visits spots, no matter who comes in the picture.
"I think we get, what, four or five official visits? With Nebraska being such a prestigious program it would be ridiculous not to come out there. His season starts on September 18th, I believe it is. So we might try to get in a few visits to schools that offer him before his season kicks off, and give a verbal before he plays a down his senior year."
Mr. Bouzos was also kind enough to give me a little background on his son as well.
"He is great in the classroom, has a 3.5 GPA, and we are
expecting that to rise. This isn't a kid who is just about football, he
is a well rounded young man.
"His freshman year he led the team in rushing and receiving, and won the MVP. They moved him up to varsity his sophomore year, and he led the team in tackles from the strong safety position.
"Last year they moved him to his natural position, which is free safety. I think he was also 5th in the state of California last year in kick return yardage, he averaged over 30 yards on kickoff return."
And a short time later after speaking with Mr. Bouzos, I spoke to Aaryn, and he also had a little fervor in his voice when talking about the new offer from Nebraska.
"Yeah, I just got that offer the other day, and it was good to hear. My coaches sent my tape out to the Nebraska coaches, and a few days later I had the offer. He emailed them some too. Then a few days later my coach talked to the Nebraska coaches over the phone, my head coach knows coach Watson from his college days.
"After that, like three days later, I had the offer. I've got the number for the defensive backs coach, coach Sanders. I know they have been busy with practice, so I just left him a message. I'm going to give him a call back real soon."
Your dad seemed to already have a lot of knowledge about the Nebraska program, what about you?
"I do, I know Nebraska is one of those big-time schools. I've talked to a couple people about the program, and they just talked about how the whole state is about Nebraska football. Like everybody is real into the team, and I like that.
"I watched a lot of their games last year actually, and I have watched some of their highlight tapes on YouTube and stuff. They had a great defense last year, and that's a good thing too. I know if I go there they can get me better. I'll be taking one of my official visits out there for sure."
Why did they make the offer, what type of player are you on the field?
"I like to bring the heavy hits, that's like my thing. I want people to think twice about coming over the middle and catching balls. I'd rather them be thinking about me coming over and popping them. That's just what I love to do, just hit people as hard as I can. That is my specialty.
"But I always keep my eyes open so I can see what's going on, I don't want to miss the chance to get a pick either. Bringing good coverage to the field is important too. I also enjoy coming up and making tackles, and helping the other guys against the rush."
Aaryn plays for La Mirada high school in California, where they took home a division title last year, and where big things are expected in '10.
"We are going into a new division, but I think we will go back-to-back. We have a lot of skilled players coming back. We have over 10 guys who have been starting and playing since they were sophomores. I think we will win the championship again. We have great chemistry, and I can look to the guy by my side and trust he is going to do his job."
Aaryn recently benched 185 pounds 19 times at a combine, an impressive number considering his body size of 5-foot-11 and 183 pds. He also ran an electric time of 4.5 in the 40. And last year, Aaryn and his teammates brought home the CIF Southern Division Title, after a stellar 13-1 '09 season.
With no plans for a commitment in the imminent future, look for more updates throughout the summer on Aaryn Bouzos from Big Red Report.