NorCal OL Is Prospect To Watch

One of the top offensive linemen in Northern California is Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's guard John Nisby, and he has interest in a pair of California schools, including UCLA.

Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's offensive guard John Nisby (6-2, 290) is one of the top offensive lineman in Northern California, yet in the early going, recruiting hasn't been as accelerated as Nisby expected.

"It's going o.k. A couple of schools have been sending information," said Nisby. "I thought it would go a little faster, but I guess I'll just have to keep working hard."

Nisby said the majority of the interest he's been receiving has been from Notre Dame, Miami and Arizona, while he has mutual interest in California and UCLA.

"Notre Dame is who I hear from a lot. Cal and UCLA have sent me a couple of letters. To be honest, I'm open to anything. Leaving the state is no problem. If there was one school I'd like to hear from, it would be Texas A&M. I grew up a Texas A&M fan and would like to hear more from them," said Nisby, who has family in Texas.

Nisby did say, though, that his family wants him to stay close to home, helping Cal and UCLA's chances.

"If either of those schools offered me an opportunity to play there, I'd have to look seriously at it," Nisby said.

During his junior season, Nisby dominated from his guard position and ended up being named a first team all-state underclass selection as well as an all-league choice.

He attended the U.S. Army All-American Combine, where he was one of the standouts amongst the lineman.

"That was a lot of fun. I held my own against some good defensive lineman. It was a good experience, and a challenge," said Nisby.

He'll resume the camp and combine circuit this spring, going to the Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles, the Nike Camp at Stanford and team camps at Cal and Oregon.

Nisby said he would likely take all five official visits before deciding on a school. He also acknowledged he has some work to do academically.

"My GPA is getting better now that I realize how important my grades are. I'll be fine. I'm working hard in the classroom. I'll take the SAT on May 6th too," said Nisby.


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