Nunez Talks About His Recruitment

PISCATAWAY, N.J.—The high school transition from one season to the next indicates growth, direction and potential athletic scholarships. Bernardo Nunez's recent success and versatility raised scouts' awareness and increased his D-I offers.

After earning at least one sack in every game this past season for Hoboken High School, Nunez received offers from Maryland, Rutgers, Virginia, Pittsburgh and Eastern Carolina.

How did Nunez react?

"I was excited."

Finishing up his junior year, the bruising defensive end and outside linebacker has already visited Rutgers' campus, but not the others'.

"So far, I experienced the campus at Rutgers," Nunez said. "I've learned how well the program is growing and hopefully I can be a part of that. I'm learning a little bit every day about Rutgers."

Rutgers earned its third consecutive bowl appearance in 2007 with Greg Schiano at its helm. In fact, Schiano orchestrated arguably the Scarlet Knights most successful season, turning the program around in 2006. The Scarlet Knights registered an 11-2 record, earned their highest AP ranking ever and easily handled Kansas State 37-10 in the Texas Bowl.

"I met with him a couple of times and he talked about the offense, defense and academics," Nunez said of Schiano.

Recruiters maintain various opinions about Nunez, some seeing him as an end if he gains the necessary weight, others as a linebacker. With speed and agility, he can compete wherever coaches deem fit.

Nunez remains uncertain about his positioning at the collegiate level.

"I don't know yet," he said. "It depends on my senior year if I'm heavy enough. If not, I'll play offense maybe. But so far I continue to play either defensive end or outside linebacker."

Nunez anchored the Redwings' defense in 2006-07 with 145 tackles, 13 sacks and five fumble recoveries. The Redwings blanked opponents four times and allowed seven points or less an additional five times, finishing the season at 11-2.

In the 2007-08 campaign, Nunez dominated with 137 tackles, 19 sacks and two safeties. He contributed to another successful stifling effort by the Redwings. Although Hoboken's win-loss record declined to 6-4, the defense held its ground, holding three opponents scoreless and another three to seven points apiece.

Nunez has not committed to any of the offers on the table. He plans on announcing a decision by his senior year.

"I have all of them in mind," he said. "Hopefully, by my senior year I‘ll be able to choose."

Putting him on the spot, Nunez would choose Rutgers.

"It probably would be Rutgers," he said. "The only reason is that I've been there and I've experienced a lot. I already know how it is over there. The defense is what I would fit into and their program is getting better and better as the years goes by."

However, Nunez also visited the University of Miami unofficially, enjoying the sunshine and the rate at which NFL teams draft Hurricane football players.

"It was good," Nunez said. "I liked the rate to going to the NFL being very incredible. I got a tour around campus, which was pretty cool. The weather is perfect and I can't ask for anything more.

"You hear so much about Miami. (From) any college you can go to the NFL. I don't mean to stand out Miami. You just have to try your hardest."

With time on his side and more visits to Maryland and Virginia in the near future, Nunez hopes to sign by the conclusion of his senior football year.

"I don't really have a top 5 list of favorite schools," Nunez said. "I have all of them in mind. Hopefully, by the end of my football season next year I will be able to choose my top 3 and then I'll probably commit to one of those three."

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