January 6, 2009
Nunez talks about finalists
Back in December, three-star defensive end Bernardo Nunez announced that he was trimming his list to three schools. Some of that was due to his preference for those that made the list, while scholarship crunches elsewhere played a factor in his decision.
The 6-foot-3, 232-pound prospect from Hoboken, New Jersey is now just focused on Maryland, Michigan State and Pittsburgh.
What's new with him these days now that we have entered 2009?
"Nothing really. I'm just closer to taking my official (visit) to Pittsburgh," Nunez said. "I guess right now everything is starting to come to an end. I think the other schools pretty much know that.
"I told a couple of schools that I wasn't interested anymore and some of them that were recruiting me had other commitments at the position they recruited me at.
"It was pretty tough (to narrow things down) but I had to fight through it and now hopefully pick the right school."
Nunez has already taken an official visit to Maryland and he has trips planned to Pitt (January 9) and Michigan State (January 16). While he won't be making a decision until after his trip to East Lansing, one school does hold the edge.
"Right now Maryland is at the top. Hopefully when I take my visit to Pitt then I'll be able to compare those two more and see who's at the top. Then when I visit Michigan State I'll see where things stand then."
While there are particulars about each school on his list that Nunez likes, they share one thing in common.
"The fact that they show a lot of love for me is big," he said. "I really haven't had a chance to see any of them except Maryland.
"With Maryland, I had been there on an unofficial already. The official visit was a little different because I got to go out and talk to the players and we went out to eat and all that. I got to know a little more about the school itself."
Nunez said he believes the playing time available would be similar at each school. Maryland would likely use him as an outside linebacker in their 3-4 scheme while Pitt and Michigan State, who run the 4-3, would put him at defensive end.
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