July 14, 2011
Texas LB liking the Bulldogs' love
GARLAND, TX.-Hard-hitting big Texas linebacker that has family in the State of Louisiana.
Let's just call it music to Sonny Dykes' ears.
The Bulldogs Head Coach and his staff are clearly after the services of one of the most talented linebackers in the Lone Star State in Damien Neroes. The 6-1, 215-pound outside linebacker is a three-star prospect according to the latest Rivals.com rankings.
"I'm projected to play outside," Neroes said. "Probably at the MIKE position. I am more so a linebacker that really likes to rush the passer. If I'm there in the quarterback's face, more often than not I am going to make the play and help my team. I am also able to really be effective in open space because of my speed."
To-date, he has scholarship offers on the table from Louisiana Tech, Southern Methodist and North Texas.
"Things are going good right now man," Neroes said. "I'm hearing from a few schools like Tech, Texas Tech, SMU and Texas San Antonio. I will tell you this though, from talking to the coaching staff at Louisiana Tech and I just really like what I am hearing from them right now man. They are selling me a lot on how comfortable I would be in Ruston should I chose to go there and how I would fit in immediately.
"The other cool part is they really need linebackers right now and the coaching staff has told me that I would have the chance to really come in and compete early for playing time and not be a freshman that just has to sit there and wait my turn. That was exciting for me to hear and definitely caught my attention. I am just getting a lot of love from Louisiana Tech right now man. I have some family members that are still in the State of Louisiana so I am already comfortable with perhaps playing there (in Louisiana). I really really just like what I am hearing from the Bulldogs right now. They are showing a lot of love."
Yet to make a visit to Ruston, Neroes said he hopes to make an official trip before the start of his senior season which would allow him to make his commitment known before the start of his senior year.
"That is the plan," Neroes said. "I would like to either camp there or make an official trip to check out what they are really all about. Tech is a good school and I like them but whatever school I choose is going to have to fit in with my major which is going to be architectural or mechanical engineering.
"They are also going to have to allow me the chance to play early. I don't want any promises to start or anything, just the opportunity to compete and show my skills. The best players should play; I just want to prove that I am one of them."
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