The Huskers just recently made an offer to defensive end prospect Bryant Dubose. Along with Nebraska, schools like Iowa, Miami, Louisville, Rutgers, Purdue, West Virginia, Texas Tech and a host of others have extended scholarships. But Bryant, who goes by B.J., said a few other programs have also made their presence felt at his high school this spring.
"A bunch of schools have been by here to get a look at me and talk to my coaches. Florida (no offer), Nebraska, LSU (no offer), West Virginia, Miami and a few others have all came by. I can't think of them all right now. I'm up to like 13 or 14 offers, somewhere around there.
"I've been talking to the coaches from Miami and Florida a lot lately."
B.J. said he received the offer from Nebraska about a month ago, and while he hasn't had a chance to speak with anyone from the coaching staff yet, he's found one way to familiarize himself with the Husker program.
"You won't believe what I was doing when you called, I guess it's just a coincidence. I'm watching highlights of Ndamukong Suh on the internet right now, just when you called.
"He is my favorite player to watch play, to be honest. I didn't really start following football until I was in the 9th grade, I didn't start playing until my freshman year, but he's probably the best I've ever seen. Thats all I really know about the Nebraska right now, I'm going to try to learn more over the summer."
What makes him standout in your mind?
"He is such an aggressive player, I like watching players like that. He seems like his motor never stops, he always just keeps going. He plays real physical too and that caught my eye, that's how I see myself. He is just a great all-around player."
And while he may not be as big as Suh, at 6-foot-4 and 237 pounds, B.J. says his game is still a mix of power and speed.
"I can come off the edge after the quarterback, and hold up against the run. I'm not just a guy that can do one thing and not the other. I'm still trying to get better every day, but I think my explosiveness sets me apart from some other players out there."
What about your recruitment, what are some of the things that will impact your decision when looking for a program?
"Academics, I have to get my degree, to me and my family that's the most important thing. Some schools don't really care about academics as much as others do. So I'll be looking at that closely.
"My relationship with the coaches is really the important thing too, you have to be on the same page with the coaches you are going to play for. I want to play somewhere that has a chance to win a championship, winning a national championship is something I want a chance to do. I want to be with a program that works toward that goal."
So distance from home won't play a big role here?
"Doesn't matter to me, I could stay or go, but sometimes I think I want to get away and see something new. I've been down here in Florida all my life, and getting away for school is sometimes a good thing to do. I'm going to base my decision off other things, not how far the school is from home."
Would you like to take some officials before making a commitment, and would Nebraska be one of those potential destinations?
"Yeah, I'd like to visit Nebraska to see what the program is about. There are a couple schools I would like to get to before I make a commitment. I'm just going to go on gut feel though. If I build up a good relationship with the coaches from a school, I could still commit without visiting. It just depends really, depends if I get that feeling."
B.J. will play both basketball and football his senior year. On defense in 2009, he racked up 55 tackles, 13 sacks, two interceptions, and scored two touchdowns. He's also already visited several schools unofficially, like Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Vanderbilt and Florida State just to a name a few. When asked if any of the schools stood out, he said "probably Florida, I just talk to those coaches the most right now."