Courtland, Ala., linebacker Ernest Nance is a name that many recruiting fans haven't talked much about. But that's about to change because Nance, who is 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, is quickly making a name for himself as possibly the top linebacker in Alabama.
"I think my strongest point is that I have good football knowledge," Nance, who has a 4.4-second time in the 40-yard dash and is already qualified with a 17 on the ACT.
"I go out there and also hustle on every single play. I move to the ball well and make big plays."
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Big plays like 54 tackles and two sacks already this season and 101 tackles as a junior.
It's that type of attention that has earned scholarship offers from Alabama, Arkansas, UAB, Memphis and Louisville so far.
It's also close to getting him scholarship offers from Auburn, Tennessee, Nebraska and Oklahoma, all of which call him on a regular basis now.
"I grew up a Tennessee fan," Nance said. "I'd like to stay in the SEC to play, but if teams like Nebraska, Oklahoma or anybody want me, then I'm going to take a look at them, too."
Nance said of the two in-state schools he's most interested in it would be Alabama at this point.
"Alabama was one of the first to offer me," he said. "They liked me before the others. I'll keep that in the back of my mind."