Nebraska RB/LB gets first offer

The ties that connect Washington football throughout America run deep and wide, but sometimes we forget. Every once in a while we are reminded of how connected Washington football is and how it can impact future Husky teams. Enter Paul Homer, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound running back/linebacker from Millard North High School in Omaha, Neb. Homer was recently named to the Omaha World-Herald's 'All-Nebraska' first team, but his first offer was a little harder to come by. Washington took care of that.

Nebraska RB/LB gets first offer Homer has northwest ties; cousin is Aaron Dalan "I sent a tape up there with my cousin-in-law (Aaron Dalan), because he used to play football there," Homer told Thursday. "He gave it to the coaches and they watched it and loved it right away. They called me that day to tell me they got it and for the past couple of weeks we've been going back and forth.

"They said that they want to bring me up on an official visit. They talked to my coach today. They are going to bring a coach down here and they told my coach that they would have an offer for me if I go up there."

Husky folks remember Dalan as being a behemouth offensive lineman from Sequim that won four letters for football from 1995 to 1998, earning distinction as an Academic All-American.

Of course, when you're from Nebraska, the Big Red Machine is always the first place any top prep player looks to. Homer was no different, but he didn't get the kind of response he was hoping for from the Cornhusker coaches. "Nebraska, the team that's right here, brought me in and asked me to walk on," he said. "I was a little disappointed about that. I'm going for an official visit to Colorado State on the 21st (of January)."

And Washington? "They told my coach they wanted me to come up early January," Homer said.

Homer had 112 tackles, including 87 solo stops on defense in 2005. On offense, he ran for 1194 yards on 157 carries. "Most schools are recruiting me for defense, but I think they (Washington) want me for fullback," he said.

It isn't as strange as you might think to have the Huskies be the first to offer Homer. "I have family out there, so it's not that bad," he said. "And I'm just looking for an offer. Washington is a great school, I kind of want to go into medicine and they have a great medical school. That's a great school to go to."

Washington already has one player from Nebraska on its roster - punter Sean Douglas from Bellevue East.

When it's all said and done, will Homer wait things out for the best opportunity, or will he strike the moment he sees the best fit? "I think I'll take it to almost signing day," he said. "I have the trip to Colorado State to take, so I'm going to look at both schools. Iowa is kind of in there too, but not too strong. It's mostly Colorado State and Washington."

Homer claims a 4.77 40, as well as a 325-pound bench press and 405-pound squat lift. We'll have more from Homer after the holidays.

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