Nance has All-American Plans

Another 2012 prospect that was in attendance at the Sooners spring game on April the 16th was Brian Nance. The four-star middle linebacker prospect out of Trinity HS holds a Sooner offer and says the Sooners are at the top of his list of schools. Check inside to see what all Nance had to say.

‘Third time's a charm' is a saying that fits for Brian Nance and the Sooners. Back in December the Sooners held their first junior day for the 2012 class and Nance was not able to make it. Then at the end of January junior day number two was held in Norman and Nance was not present.

On April 16th the Sooners held their third junior day along with the Red & White spring game and this time around Nance was able to make it up to Norman. The 6-foot-3 and 210-pound linebacker who says he is now at 230-pounds said he had more fun than he expected.

"It was good," Nance explained. "I had a lot of fun, even more than I expected. I got on the field and got close to the players. I talked to coach (Brent Venables) to see how they get in their zone before a game. It was fun."

Nance has been on the Sooner's radar ever since his performance last summer at Oklahoma's summer camp while working with linebackers Coach Brent Venables. Coach Venables took some time to talk with Nance while the spring game was going on to see what he thought about the whole event.

"I talked to him actually during it (the game)," Nance said about Coach Venables. "He just came to the side and let his players do their own thing. And he talked to me and was like just asking if I liked it and if everything was going good. It was fun."

As far as where Oklahoma stands after the visit, Nance says they are definitely one of his top schools.

"They are still at the top," Nance began. "They will always be a top choice. Oklahoma is definitely up there. That's the school that actually like got me out there. That's the first camp I'd ever went to. And I enjoyed it a lot."

Speaking of the Sooners summer camp Nance says he does plan on attending this years as well and will be bringing a few Trojan teammates along with him to see if they can get noticed like he did last year. "Yeah, I'm going to stop up there and bring a couple more of my friends up there just to get them out there and get them some more recognition."

Last season Nance had a monstrous season playing middle linebacker for the Trojans who finished runner up in the Texas 5A D1 State Championship game. On the season Nance was everywhere making plays and finished with 175-tackles, five-interceptions with three going for touchdowns and two-sacks.

Along with Oklahoma, Nance has multiple offers from the likes of Arkansas, Notre Dame, Oregon, TCU, and USC to name a few. Receiving those speaks to the talent that Nance possesses but on top of those offers he also received an invite to play in the Army All-American Game in January which Nance says was a blessing.

"It was a blessing to get something like that," Nance stated. "The family that I come from we have a lot of athletes but we've never been to nothing like that or seen stuff that big. It was just truly a blessing. I'm like the second player from Trinity to go. I can't wait to play in it to. A lot of fans come down and watch. It's going to be a lot of fun. So I decided why not announce my decision that day."

In the summer time Nance says he has plans to visit USC with his father along with other schools.

Back in March Nance tore his ACL doing drills and had surgery done to repair it. The injury is scheduled to keep him out about four-months but Nance says he is progressing faster than expected.

"It's going good. I'm off my brace. I can run a little bit with just a little limp but I'm bouncing back faster than anybody expected."

-Greg Powers-

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