Published Thursday, November 3, 2011 AT 9:51 AM / Updated at 12:46 AM
Recruiting: Former Boise State CB commit pursuing Nebraska
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

Credit the ol’ Interwebs for attracting Marcus Rios to Nebraska’s football program. The six-foot, 170-pound cornerback prospect from Elk Grove, Calif., liked what he saw of NU on his computer and reached out to the Huskers for a potential official visit.

Rios — who decommitted from Boise State when his twin sister, Martina, was not offered a track scholarship — will now take that visit Nov. 25 for Nebraska’s game with Iowa.

“I saw (Nebraska) on television a couple times and my dad and I were having fun, went on the internet and looked them up and I really started to like them,” Rios told Huskers Illustrated, The World-Herald’s recruiting partner. “I thought I should give the coaches a call and let them know I have a lot of interest.”

NU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond flew out to Elk Grove for a meet-and-greet during the Huskers’ bye week. It went well. Now Nebraska is among Rios’ favorites along with UCLA — where he took a visit in September — and Arizona State, where he visits Nov. 18.

Just 17, Rios will graduate in December and enroll at a school in January; that would be attractive to Nebraska, which will be looking for extra corners once Alfonzo Dennard graduates after this year. His strength, he said, is press coverage; his Consumes Oaks High School coach, Ryan Gomes, agreed.

“He’s an electric and explosive kid,” Gomes said. “He’s a prototypical corner, great speed, great hands, good closing speed and competes.”

What else attracts Rios to Nebraska? Read more here.

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  1. natty natty Boi says:

    cant have enough cb’s, says he loves press coverage which is what fonzo n prince did exceptionally well. lets be honest outside of dennard the most physical cb we have is sjb but he hasnt play much. with another year all the cbs should be stronger better and understand the in’s n outs of the defense.

  2. ArkHusker says:

    Where are the Safeties? Why are we only recruiting CBs…Im tired of seeing Austin Cassidy miss tackles and get burned. We need faster and stronger safeties…

    1. Sam McKewon Sam McKewon says:

      Nebraska has plenty of young safeties, ArkHusker. Corey Cooper and Harvey Jackson are keepers.

  3. HuskerDave says:

    It says a lot about the quality of the program when big-time recruits request to be Huskers! GBR!

  4. Mentally Red says:

    Key words: California, Gomes, Cornerback.

    That’s a good sign right there…

    1. Nate says:

      Mentally Red, too bad Gomes wasn’t a cornerback.

      1. Nick says:

        What would you consider him then? He was more corner than he was safety

  5. inhusker says:

    Do we have to give his sister a scholarship too?

    1. natty natty Boi says:


  6. Big UN says:

    Let pass on this guy. Inhusker is asking the right question about his sister.

  7. CarlBugeater says:

    Their might have been a broken promise out at Boise st.
    I dont see us getting up for a kid who sounds that petty, I trust the coaches with those decisions.

  8. Guido says:

    His sister does not look like a D1 track athlete (by her track times).

    Maybe she is better in cross-country?

    1. Reality Chex says:

      Guido is right. Sis’ times are quite sloooow. No way is she getting a D1 track scholarship. Those times wouldn’t be school records at most small town high schools in Nebraska.

  9. Greg says:

    Huskers Illustrated, a new recruiting partner of the World Herald.

  10. Marshall says:

    Maybe he just needed an excuse to not play on that hideous blue field. I can’t even watch a Boise St. game.