OU a Player for Nunez

With 12 official offers in hand, one of the nation's top defensive ends perhaps was the proudest of his latest offer, lucky No. 13.

Defensive end Bernardo Nunez, a three-star prospect by Scout.com of Hoboken New Jersey admitted it was his latest offer that has really made an impact on his recruiting.

"To get an offer from the No. 2 team in the country Oklahoma, I was like really excited and surprised," Nunez told Sooner Illustrated Sunday evening. "The Sooners are definitely in my top five, I will take an official visit there later this season."

According to Nunez, he has already made his choice where he plans to take official visits to.

"Rutgers, Maryland, Oklahoma, Oregon and Pittsburg," Nunez said. "Those are also my top five favorites right now in no particular order."

Nunez, a 6-foot-3, 235-pound athlete who runs a 4.7 forty, currently has offers from those five schools along with others from Virginia, West Virginia, NC State and Syracuse to name a few.

One thing that stands out to Nunez about Oklahoma is the tradition that the Sooner program has.

"I love their tradition," Nunez said. "What a great place with great fans. I know if I go there I will have thousands and thousand of fans cheering for me, I could get used to that."

The talented defender earned first team all-state honors last fall and second team honors as a sophomore. His senior season won't get underway for a couple more weeks, they begin on September 13.

Nunez has used his latest offer as a measuring stick in his recruitment.

"If the No. 2 team in the country wants me, that says a lot to me," Nunez said. "It has helped changed my mindset about recruiting. I'm very definitely very interested in possibly being a Sooner. I now realize I have reached a new level in recruiting."

Nunez made 130 tackles, 19 sacks and forced two fumbles as a junior.

Nunez is a pure pass rusher who could play either outside linebacker or defensive end in college. He's looking for a program that offers early playing time, a coaching staff he can relate with and strong academics.

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