6-foot-3, 270-pound defensive tackle Kevin Maurice posted a Twitter message Friday confirming his acceptance of a scholarship offer to Nebraska for the 2013 recruiting class. Several media outlets reported the commitment.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Maurice committed a day after NU extended the scholarship.
“What really sets him apart, he’s got unbelievable brute force, and he knows how to use it," former coach at Freedom Andy Johnson said. "He’s probably more mentally prepared for the next step than a lot of kids are at his age. He did not get caught up in the recruiting circus. He took his time and he really evaluated schools.”
He spent most of his junior season helping on the offensive line for Freedom High, which is perhaps the reason why all the area schools passed on Maurice. He didn’t quite have the ideal body structure of a Division I space-eater, either, Johnson said. Maurice even attended a camp at UCF in Orlando, but never received a scholarship offer. By the end of his senior year, though, college coaches started to call.
“Nebraska has one of the top stadiums in the country," Maurice said. "I would have loved to see a game (during my recruitment). I’ve heard a lot about that atmosphere.”
Maurice’s best offer outside of Nebraska was Boston College. Of the many Florida schools that could have offered, only Florida Atlantic did.
Our take: Maurice fits the kind of profile that NU D-line coach Rick Kaczenski likes for defensive tackle prospects: a bit undersized, but agile and smart. Maurice proved himself against Florida’s best, but mixing it up in the trenches in the physical Big Ten is a different challenge. The Huskers have tried unsuccessfully to develop under-the-radar defensive tackles the past few seasons. There are no guarantees with Maurice.
Here's Maurice's announcement on Twitter:
Commited to Nebraska #BigRed— Kevin Maurice (@Mac_57) January 5, 2013
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Photo Credit: Chris Hays/Orlando Sentinel