Nebraska wanted to get Freedom High defensive tackle Kevin Maurice out to a practice when the Huskers were preparing for the Capital One Bowl. The defensive lineman didn’t make it to one, but that didn’t stop the NU staff from offering Maurice on Thursday.
Freedom High defensive tackle Kevin Maurice is planning a visit to Nebraska this month.
“I just got off the phone with Bo Pelini and the defensive coordinator,” he said. “It went real well. They told me they just watched my film and they love it. They’re taking two more defensive tackles and they think I can make an impact up there.”
The Husker staff has stayed in pretty consistent contact with Maurice over the past few weeks. NU stopped by to see him in December during the visit period and wanted him to see a practice during bowl week. Now, defensive coordinator John Papuchis is dropping in to see Maurice on Friday for a in-home visit.
Maurice said the Huskers are looking to move quickly on defensive tackle and that there are two spots available for the lineman. That’s why he’s looking to set up a visit to Nebraska.
“They told me the sooner I get up there the better,” he said. “They’re only taking two more and they want me to have a spot. I’m looking at Jan. 18 for the visit. I’ll talk to coach Papuchis about it tomorrow.”
Maurice will visit Wake Forest on Jan. 11. He’s looking to potentially schedule other visits as well.
The defensive tackle said he watched Nebraska in the bowl game and knows a little about the Huskers.
“It’s really good to hear from Nebraska,” he said. “I was just watching them on television the other day and they have a lot of tradition. It’s Big Ten football, BCS football. That’s very good.”
Nebraska joins the mix along with Boston College, Bowling Green and Wake Forest for Maurice. He said all the schools are looking at different ways of using him, but he’s not sure Nebraska wants to completely beef up his 6-foot-3, 270-pound frame.
“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 he relies on a quick punch and quick feet to wreak havoc on opposing offensive linemen.
“My hands – if you watch my highlight tape – the coaches tell me that I use my hands really well to get off the snap,” he said.
The lineman is looking for an opportunity and stability.
“I’m hoping to find a place where I can earn playing time,” Maurice said. “I also want a place with stability. I don’t want a whole bunch of coaches. It feels like Nebraska has good stability up there.”