Eight is Enough for Nunes

To put Josh Nunes' status into perspective consider that with eight full months to go before National Signing Day 2009, the Upland, Calif., signal caller is the only four-star QB left on the fertile high school market as well as the only top 20 ranked quarterback at No. 20. For that matter he's the only top-30 QB still uncommitted.

According to the economic principles authored by Adam Smith in his breakthrough book The Wealth of Nations, Nunes' value is proportionately set by the number of teams needing to sign a quarterback. As you might imagine that is formidable field that is likely to increase as long as he remains on the market. In turn that gives him leverage normally reserved for a top five quarterback prospect. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound prized passer could play the field and leave teams twisting in the wind, but that's not his nature.

He's currently up to 23 offers with Oregon State and Cornell the latest to join the chase. Notre Dame and Kansas State are on the verge of offering. He has also been offered by Harvard which underscores his academic achievements, including a sparkling 4.5 honors GPA and a 1900 SAT score.

Josh Nunes may continue to consider schools as offers flow in, but it appears his finalists list consists of Arizona State, Stanford, BYU, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Tennessee, Florida and Harvard.

In announcing his finalists last week, Nunes exhibited poise, maturity and humility beyond his years. As recorded by Scout.com's Brandon Huffman Nunes said: "I wanted to reduce the number to five schools but, after long consideration, at this time the best I could do is eight. It somehow feels uncomfortable because I would be blessed and fortunate to play for all the schools that have offered me a scholarship. However, I feel I owe the schools that are not in my top eight the respect to continue their QB recruiting with the same respect they have given me."

That's the type of leader players could follow into battle. Add his intelligence, athleticism, size and arm strength and it's easy to see why he attracts so much interest. Of course being the only top 30 QB still available doesn't hurt. However Nunes' credentials speak for themselves and his intangibles are off the charts. His status has simply brought his talents and intangibles into focus.

He further enhanced his stock at Monday's Under/Armor Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles.

Nunes has yet to announce a time frame for reaching his next elimination or a visit schedule. Tennessee should get a visit which means the Vols will have a good chance to make their case. The looming specter of the Gators amps the intensity level in this recruiting battle and ups the stakes.

Stay tuned...

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