Nothing goes together quite like Thanksgiving and football. Eagle River (Wisc.) Northland Pines junior linebacker Austin Ramesh found that out when he used the holiday weekend to take in two of the Big Ten's best matchups.
Ramesh and his father left their northern Wisconsin home on Thanksgiving day and made the nearly 12-hour drive down to Lincoln to see Nebraska's game against Iowa on Friday. It was the junior prospect's first time visiting Nebraska's program, and he left with a positive vibe.
"We got down there Thanksgiving night, ate at a restaurant and everybody was just pumped up for the game," Ramesh said. "I know they don't have any pro team, so everybody is about the Huskers.
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"We got a little tour and I was really impressed by the facilities they have down there. It's pretty crazy what they have going on. It was really impressive."
Nebraska features junior running back Rex Burkhead. Like Ramesh, Burkhead was recruited on both sides of the football coming out of Plano (Tex.) East High in the class of 2009, and Ramesh saw similarities between his game and the Cornhusker's ball carrier.
"We're pretty close to the same size, and I was thinking about [the comparison] a lot," Ramesh said. "It really showed me that I could do that if I wanted to."
After catching Nebraska's game on Friday, Ramesh hit the road again to make it to Madison in time for Wisconsin's home matchup with Penn State on Saturday. Ramesh has previously visited Madison for a home game this fall.
"I saw pretty much the same things, but it was just fun to be down there and it's cool to know I am being recruited by such a big school," Ramesh said. "This time they had a presentation on their plans to put a bunch of new facilities in, like the weight room and other things for the team. It was really impressive to see what they have coming."
Now that the season is over, Ramesh is transitioning into off-season workouts. He plans to attend the UnderArmour All-American Combine and the U.S. Army Junior Combine in January. He is also starting to think about Junior Day visits, and has one previously unseen school he would like to get out to this winter.
"I've been talking to Michigan State quite a bit, and Coach [Brad] Salem over there," Ramesh said. "I may be able to go to a basketball game there over the winter."