Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic class of 2014 quarterback DeShone Kizer picked up offer No. 7 of the process on Friday from Nebraska, a coaching staff that the 6-foot-4, 205-pound passer has connections with.
"Coach [Vince] Marrow is a Toledo guy and his son even went to Central Catholic for two years," Kizer said. "He is one of my dad's good friends and [dad] kept telling me to call Coach Marrow and I finally gave him a call after practice today and he said that they are going to offer me and that I fit their style at quarterback like the Martinez guy they have now.
"When I got that offer I was really excited. They run more of a pro-style, but they can flip it up and that's exactly what I am looking for in a school and that's what they are looking for in a quarterback."
From an academic, campus and football standpoint, Kizer's familiarity with Nebraska is still in its infancy, but he has several sources of knowledge on the subject he can tap to learn more.
"Now that I have an offer I will get to know them more," Kizer said. "I have a guy, LeRoy Alexander, who I am really good friends with and I'm sure I'll get to talk to him about them and get his look on the school so I can start building my opinion on them. I do know they are a hard-nosed, big linemen type football."
Kizer is considering making a visit to Nebraska at the end of this summer. In the meantime, though, he starts out with a heightened sense of comfort because of his connections to the program.
"Coach Marrow as well as three other coaches on the Nebraska staff are all Ohio guys," Kizer noted. "I've said this before - I am looking for good vibes and I want to feel at home. Now that Nebraska has some guys even from my own city, you really get that feel of home because they are your type of guys. That's really comforting."
Kizer's other offers have come in from Boston College, Illinois, Louisville, Syracuse, Bowling Green and Toledo. He plans to get to at least two college camps this month.
"It's bad that I am still not sure about this, but I am really trying to get out to Ohio State on Sunday for their one-day camp,," Kizer said. "My dad would have to call off work, so my transportation is not looking too well for that.
"We're planning on going Sunday, but if not I will go to Ohio State on the 23rd and I will head up to Michigan on either on the 17th or the 21st."
Kizer started at quarterback for Toledo Central Catholic during his sophomore year and completed 55 percent of his passes for 930 yards and eight touchdowns.