The Perfectionist

After an outstanding showing at the combine last weekend, Stockton (Calif.) offensive lineman John Nisby (6-2, 300, 5.37) hopes to be receiving some offers. The St. Mary's High School prospect said he is being recruited the hardest by Arizona, Miami, Notre Dame and Oregon.

John Nisby Profile

"Those are the four schools that seem the most interested right now, so I'd have to say those are my four favorites," Nisby said. "Arizona is probably my top pick. If they offered, I'd probably commit.

"The Wildcats are in contact with me the most. I've talked with Coach (Tim) Kish a few times and he was at my school this week. He said most of their linemen are juniors or seniors right now. They saw my film and really liked it. Coach Kish said he sees me playing at Arizona in the future. I really like their facilities. Plus, they have good academics there. They seem really interested in me…I'm not sure why they haven't offered yet. I'm planning on taking a visit there in late May or June. Hopefully, I'll have an offer my then.

"I also like Miami," he said. "They invited me to their junior day, but I couldn't make it. I've talked to them, but not as much as Arizona. I've always been interested in Miami. They are a well-respected program who has a good record for sending players to the NFL. They seem pretty interested too. I want to get out there for a visit, I just don't know when yet.

"I've gotten a lot of mail from Notre Dame. They invited me to come to camp this summer. I really want to go so I can learn more about the school and the program. Right now, I don't know a lot about them.

"I like Oregon too. They are the closest school to me. I haven't talked to them yet, but they've sent me some letters. I heard their stadium and facilities are unbelievable. They wanted me to come up for their junior day and spring practices, but I haven't been able to make it up their yet. Maybe this summer I'll take a visit.

Nisby said he was happy with his performance at the combine and was pleased to get some needed exposure. He looked very tough in one-on-one drills and was named as a first-team offensive line performer. "I had a great time on Sunday. It was a new experience for me. They really gave us a lot of stuff to do. The one-on-ones were great. We got to do a lot of them. The competition was pretty cool. Some of those guys were the best defensive players I've ever competed against. I felt like I did pretty good. I learned how important agility and flexibility is….I could have done better in that area.

"I think my strength is my attitude," Nisby said. "I am a perfectionist on the field. I will run every play through my mind over and over again until I know it like the back of my hand. If I lose, I just can't leave it alone. I have to analyze everything. Something I need to work on is the mental errors, especially with hooks and where I need to be for certain plays."

Final junior (6-5) stats: 30 tackles

Bench: 435/squat: 685/power clean: 265

Nisby reports a 2.1 core GPA (says his latest semester will be stronger) and is awaiting May 6 SAT results.

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