Nebraska was very aggressive in offering players early a year ago and that looks to be the case again this year. The Cornhuskers are hitting the state of California hard as well and just offered one of the biggest sleeper prospects in the state this year.
He's not a house hold name just yet, but we love the upside of Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde defensive back Brandon Thigpen. Thigpen, 6-3, 195 pounds played in relative obscurity a year ago at nearby Vista Del Lago but his film has still managed to catch the eye of several schools and his first scholarship offer came on Wednesday.
"Nebraska just offered in writing yesterday," Rancho Verde coach Pete Duffy said. "They called me awhile ago and mentioned how interested they were and then we talked again last week. I told them they better offer soon because I think Brandon is a kid that will be early offered by just about everyone and if they wanted to make a big impression and be the first school to offer, they needed to do it soon and that's what happened.
"Brandon is just a monster and physically looks like a college player already. He has a great frame and is just huge in pads. He'll play safety for us but I really think down the line, he projects as a linebacker because of his frame, he's going to get huge in college."
The offer from the Huskers definitely has Thigpen's attention but according to Duffy, he's going to wait a bit before making a commitment anywhere.
"He's definitely enamored with Nebraska right now and has already been out there before and loved it," Duffy said. "Still he's going to go through the process a little more and see how everything plays out for him. I know he's going up to UCLA this Saturday to watch them practice and he's getting letters from just about everyone else right now. All of the Pac 10 schools plus a few others are on him.
"I'm trying to find some better quality film to send out because the tape we have right now is really hard to see and pretty raw. You can still tell what kind of player he is but I'm still trying to get some more film together and I think once his film gets out there, the offers will come flooding in for him."
Academically, Thigpen is carrying a 2.3 GPA but according to Duffy, he's on track to qualify and should have no problem passing the SAT when he take it over the spring or summer.