Standing at a solid 6-foot-3, 210, Brian Nance was one of the most highly-recruited players in the country, with a nice choice of programs. Schools like Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Nebraska, USC, and UCLA were all in the fight before he narowed his list to a select few.
As the hats of Baylor, Arkansas, and UCLA aligned the table in front of him, it was the green and gold "BU" he secured on his head with a smile.
"The (Baylor) coaching staff is just like Trinity," Nance explained. "Like one big family. I feel like I can be that player on their defense to be an impact player, plus with a good class coming in."
And while Nance is close to several of the commits in the Bears' 2012 class, he said he is still working on a couple other large targets to join them, biggest being 4-star defensive end and West squad teammate Javonte Magee out of San Antonio.
"I know Magee says he's thinking about coming with me," said Nance, who will make his official visit to Baylor the weekend of Jan. 20.
With this, he will still officially visit UCLA next weekend and Arkansas Jan. 27.
What are the chances he could waiver?
"It depends after I visit," said Nance. "I might just stay with Baylor."
Bears getting a big one.
According to Scout.com's National Recruiting Analyst Greg Powers, "Nance has a knack for making big plays. He has great coverage skills and is a great asset against the spread offense. Against the run he explodes to the ball and will initiate the contact on the ball carrier on his terms. He is extremely athletic and his body will only be more impressive once he dedicates himself to football full-time in college. Because of his explosion and speed he is also effect in blitz based schemes."