Lincoln Southwest outside linebacker Josh Banderas, is regarded as one of the best linebackers in the country. He was a part of a cast of talented recruits that visited Lincoln Saturday for Nebraska’s Junior Day event.
The 6-f00t-2, 220 lb. senior to be got a pleasant surprise during his tip.
“I have been there (Nebraska) a couple times before on unofficial visits,” Banderas said.” The things they have at Nebraska are just unparalleled to any other program. They graduate more scholarship athletes then anyone else. The weight room is amazing.”
Then he got this news after he ate lunch.
“They offered me while I was there.”
“Coach (Ross) Els said he needed to talk to me,” Banderas said. ” So he took me up to Bo’s office. He’s (Bo Pelini) like our neighbor. My family has known him for ten years. We walked in to his office, and he was just leaning back in his chair. It was a real casual, cool conversation. He was saying something, and like mid sentence he just said, ‘We want to offer you, how do you feel about coming here?’ and then we talked about it. ”
The talented 4 star prospect knew Nebraska was interested in him, but wasn’t sure if the offer was coming.
“I didn’t think I was going to get the offer,” Banderas said. It’s a dream to come true. I have been a Nebraska fan my whole life. I have always wanted to play there.”
Despite the offer, the Lincoln native did not commit to Pelini.
“I didn’t commit, but I don’t want Nebraska fans to think I am ungrateful,” Banderas said, “I just have to get everything straight before I plan that out. I want to make the right choice for me. I want to take advantage of this situation, and take all my visits and stuff, because I will never get an opportunity like this again. Nebraska is my clear cut favorite right now though.”
Banderas has received offers from Nebraska, Tulsa, and Southeast Missouri, but there are some other schools that are gaining interest in him.
“I just got in touch with Wisconsin today,” Banderas said.”I am going to Iowa State, and Kansas State for their junior days. I have heard a little bit from UCLA which was really out of the blue, but cool.”
Banderas plans on keeping really busy this summer, and helping lead his current team to a lot of success.
“I am not sure which camps I am going to but, Nebraska’s camp for sure,” Banderas said. “Maybe an Ohio State camp. I am going to go see Iowa State and Kansas, because I told them I would, and I am going to honor that commitment. Other wise it’s just getting in the weight room. I am a senior now so I have to help lead my team. I have to be at all the meetings, and team running events. Stuff like that.”
Banderas said his next trip to Lincoln will be during spring practice, and he will for sure be attending the annual Red and White Spring Game.
Banderas finished his junior campaign with 127 tackles, 3 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles and 4 sacks.
By Jimmie Allen
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