October 6, 2010
National Programs Getting Involved with Nance
With Oklahoma already holding one commitment from mighty Euless (Texas) Trinity in the form of 2011 cornerback prospect Brandon Carter it's no surprise that the Sooner staff might have their eye on trying to open up a pipeline into the perennial talent-producing program. One player that they hope to continue that good fortune in 2012 could be Trojans linebacker Brian Nance.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect showed up at Oklahoma's camp last summer as a relative unknown but left as arguably the camp's top defensive performer. Since then the Sooners, led by defensive coordinator Brent Venables, have been showing him quite a bit of attention and have hinted an official offer could be coming.
In spite of all that he has already learned about Oklahoma it was Nance's first chance to take in the Oklahoma-Texas rivalry.
"It was loud. I didn't expect it to be that crazy," he said. "There were a lot of fans. For me going to first college game like that. That was my first OU-Texas game.
"I liked just seeing it all for myself."
During the game Nance took in the festive atmosphere the game is well-known for but says he couldn't help watching the linebackers, in particular a pair in both white and crimson.
"I was really watching both sides. I was watching both of them. I think (Tom) Wort stood out and Keenan Robinson from Texas, I think both of them are really good. (Wort) is just real physical and he gets to the ball and reads his keys and stuff and Robinson he just flies to the ball.
"Really Robinson stands out the most cause he is tall and lean and can do everything pretty much, Wort is just real physical and I try and bring that out too.
"When I was coming into the stadium and watching the game, I was thinking about (myself down there)."
So what was it that stood out the most to Trinity's talented junior?
"It was a lot of stuff, just the environment and the atmosphere and how much the fans support the team," he said.
Early on Nance was getting mail from not just the Sooners but Florida, Baylor, Texas, A&M, and Penn State among many others but as of late is picking up a lot more mail from USC as well as Nebraska and future Big 10 allies Wisconsin and Ohio State.
Nance clearly enjoyed his time at the Cotton Bowl but says he isn't ready to start putting out a top list..
"I'm just starting to pick out some schools that I could spend my next few years and see which program I fit in the most with, I'm just narrowing it down," he said. "I'm planning on making my choice in the spring.
"I'm narrowing down to like a certain five by a certain time and all together start picking out the schools that I am the most interested in."
For now though the skilled defender is focusing on keeping his No. 3 nationally-ranked Trinity Trojans on the winning track. While many are already counting Trinity with an undefeated season and considering who might be able to test them in the always difficult Texas 5A playoffs Nance says he is just focused on the next one.
"We're just taking it one game at a time we're not really focused on the playoffs or anything, we're just focused on staying together and preparing for the next game."
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