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Nebraska legacy Banderas gets offer

Linebacker Josh Banderas (Lincoln, Neb./Southwest) got the offer he wanted on Saturday, and he described it in three words.

“Dream come true,” he said.

Banderas attended Saturday's Nebraska junior day and left with an offer from the Cornhuskers. Though it’s still early in the recruiting process, Banderas now has the option of following his father’s footsteps. Tom Banderas played tight end for the Huskers in the 1980s.

“You know, from my first Husker game, I told my dad that I wanted to play there, and I wanted my name up on that stadium wall someday,” Banderas said. “Now, here I am with an opportunity to make it happen.”

Schools recruiting Banderas now will play the waiting game. Before Banderas makes a decision, however, he said he will weigh all his options and choose wisely. He has an offer from Tulsa and is receiving interest from Alabama, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Ohio State and several other schools.

Banderas has good speed and a nose for the football, which makes him wanted as both an inside and outside linebacker. He finished his junior season at Southwest with 127 tackles, four sacks and three interceptions. Banderas also was a standout at last month’s U.S. Army national combine in San Antonio.

Banderas said he will attend Kansas State’s junior day next Saturday, followed by Iowa State’s junior day on March 3.