A whirlwind recruitment ended Friday with a commitment at an extreme position of need for Nebraska.
Kevin Maurice committed to Nebraska on Friday.
Freedom High School defensive tackle Kevin Maurice committed to Nebraska on Friday evening during his in-home visit with Nebraska defensive coordinator John Papuchis.
The 6-foot-3 270-pound defensive tackle picked up his Nebraska offer during a phone conversation with Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini on Thursday. When he committed to Nebraska on Friday, Maurice said he talked with Pelini, defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski and recruiting coordinator Ross Els. He said the coaches were thrilled when he pulled the trigger.
“It was right for me, and I didn't want to wait any longer,” Maurice said. “They had everything I wanted out of a school.”
When reached Thursday about the offer, Maurice said he had planned to visit Nebraska on Jan. 18, and had planned to visit Wake Forest on Jan. 11. Those plans have now changed, and Maurice will make his first visit to Lincoln the weekend of Jan. 11 along with fellow Florida standout James Clark.
Maurice said he is no longer entertaining overtures from other schools.
“I am visiting next weekend,” Maurice said. “I can’t wait to get up there and see it. I am really excited for it. I can’t wait. I want to see how it is in Nebraska.”
Defensive tackle is a big position of need for Nebraska in the 2013 class, and Maurice gives Nebraska its first defensive tackle commit of the class. As a senior, Maurice had 68 tackles, 21 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. Maurice is rated a two-star defensive tackle with an overall rating of 78 according to 247Sports.
Maurice played some offensive line at Freedom High School, in addition to defensive tackle, and said he doubted the transition to Nebraska's defense would be too difficult.
“Nebraska is a good fit because they’re not looking for people that are huge, they are looking for people that can move a little bit,” he said. “At Nebraska I don’t think I’ll have to gain too much weight to tell you the truth. I’ll probably just get up to about 290.”
Maurice said Papuchis broke down Nebraska's defense for him, and said that he could definitely fill a need for Nebraska at defensive tackle.
“He told me that basically when they watched the film, they were going to go after who they had ranked first and that was me,” Maurice said. “He said that their defense, they have defensive tackles who are 300 pounds, and don't that kind of juice that I have.”
Maurice hosted a coach from Boston College earlier Friday, and was scheduled to host a coach from Wake Forest on Saturday. He said that when he received the offer from Nebraska on Thursday, he would likely pull the trigger if the visit with Papuchis went well.
“I was mulling it over last night and he came and talked about everything I expected and that I wanted in a school and I just committed,” Maurice said.