Class of 2011

David Santos

HometownSpring, TX
High schoolKlein Collins High School

Before signing with NU, Santos also considered scholarship offers from Kansas, Arkansas and Utah, among others and will probably play outside linebacker for the Huskers.

“I’m pretty well schooled in what Nebraska football is all about and the importance of football in that state,” Klein Collins High School coach Drew Svoboda said. “It’s what I communicated to David, and I think David figured it out in a hurry.”

Svoboda, a Nebraska native and former NU walk-on, describes Santos as “a fine young man.”

“He’s not a big talker,” Svoboda said, “but he’s really able to flip the switch. When he steps on that football field, he’s going to step it up to a whole new level.”

“David’s got great instincts, and he’s an extremely explosive player," the coach added. "When he recognizes the play, he’s just full speed getting there. He’s always had a little bit of a knack for being in the right spot.”

Santos will enter Nebraska history as the first batch of true freshmen in the Big Ten era. And while Santos has making history to look forward to, he cherishes NU's past as well.

“Nebraska’s been around for such a long time and they’ve done so much — national titles, bowl games," Santos said. "The Blackshirts are a huge tradition there, and that’s something to get anybody fired up about.”

Santos had 136 total tackles during the 2010 season. Santos played in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl on Dec. 31 in South Carolina. Santos was a teammate of fellow NU signee Charles Jackson at Klein Collins. The 6-foot, 193-pound Santos was honored by the Touchdown Club of Houston, which presented him with the city’s defensive player of the year award following his senior season. He’s the first Klein Collins player to earn that honor. rates Santos as a four-star recruit, ranking him 41st in the state of Texas. The recruiting website lists him as the nation’s No. 15 outside linebacker. Santos is a three-star prospect and the No. 36 overall outside linebacker, according to He was named first-team all-district in Texas’ Class 5A.

Our take: Santos’ body type and style of play seem similar to that of Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David, who set the single-season tackle record during his junior year. A healthy David is not coming off the field this fall. And considering the fact that Nebraska’s headed to a more rugged Big Ten, where several teams embrace the downhill style ground attack, Santos may have to wait a year to find a spot to contribute. He also might need to add some weight before he’s ready to make an impact at the next level.

Photo Credit: The Houston Chronicle

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