Lincoln Southwest linebacker Josh Banderas — son of former NU tight end Tom Banderas — became the third verbal commit for the Huskers’ 2013 class. The 6-foot-2 215-pounder finished with 124 tackles and four sacks in 2011, as the Silver Hawks advanced to the Class A state semifinals.
“It’s a legacy thing," Banderas said. "I’ve heard all the stories. Now I want to go in there and do my own thing, or maybe even do better than my dad. I’ll just kind of go in there hoping to carve my own niche.”
Banderas is a four-star player according to the four major recruiting services. He's ranked as the top recruit in Nebraska and the No. 14 overall inside linebacker by 247Sports. He held offers from Iowa, Kansas State, Vanderbilt and Tulsa, among others, and was getting strong interest from USC at the time of his commitment.
Following his senior football season, Banderas was named to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. Banderas was Lincoln Southwest's leading tackler and rusher. In his only season at running back for the Silver Hawks, the former tight end ran for 1,237 yards and 18 touchdowns in 10 games. He was named one of the honorary captains of the 2012 All-Nebraska team.
“You can’t find a flaw, you know what I mean? He’s a good kid. He’s a good leader," Lincoln Southwest coach Mark King said. "He’s strong and fast and good-sized, and he’s smart. It’s just an all-around deal with him. As with any kid like that, he’s just got to stay hungry.”
Also on his resume is the 2012 state title in the 110-meter hurdles.
Our take: Nebraska is pretty young at linebacker and losing three senior starters, so it’s no stretch to think Banderas will get a hard look right away. He already is “put together pretty good,” according to King, who said that the Husker staff likely tries him first at the Buck linebacker spot (strongside). If NU decides to fast-track him at all, his football savvy and ability to pick things up will only help his cause. He is, however, coming off shoulder surgery on Jan. 21, which requires four months of rehab.
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