May 2, 2006

Not messing around

When Matt Nader's name first popped up among recruiting circles, there were two trains of thought on where he would eventually wind up. Many fans in and around Austin thought that Nader, who attends Austin Westlake High School, would stick with the local program and play his college ball for the Texas Longhorns. Fans of LSU thought the standout o-line prospect would eventually decide for Baton Rouge due to some family connections within the Tiger football program.

The one thought upon which both sides agreed was that it would be a hard-fought battle for either program to win over Nader's commitment, and it was potentially a fight that would take quite a bit of time to sort itself out.

But things changed suddenly and dramatically on February 25, the day of the Longhorns' first junior day of the 2007 recruiting season. Nader became one of five lineman to commit at the event, giving the Texas staff an amazing recruiting foundation with which to work. And since that day, the 6-foot-6, 295-pound Nader has never looked back. stopped by Westlake recently to get a quick Q&A with the future Longhorn.

On his commitment now that he's had time to reflect on it:

I'm 100 percent. Absolutely. There's no other decision.

On the early rumors that had it a tight race between Texas and LSU, and what separated the Longhorns from the pack:

Honestly, on the first recruiting visit that I went to Texas I knew that's where I wanted to go. You kind of get that feeling and that's how I felt.

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