Could Jacob Nunez re-team with Toa Taua on the football field?
The standout Lompoc Brave offensive lineman and three-sport star reeled in his latest scholarship offer from Nevada during the weekend of March 2 – the same Wolf Pack team that heavily recruited Taua and placed the LHS grad in the running back rotation last fall as a true freshman.
Nunez, though, tells The Times that he feels no real pressure from the 2018 Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year on linking up with him once again.
“Toa and I mess around about it. But Toa always tells me to go where you feel most at home and never let anyone tell you where to go,” Nunez said on Tuesday night. “I’ve thought about playing with Toa again and getting to share the college experience with him. But my mind is open.”
Nevada is the third opportunity to choose from for Nunez, who already has three seasons of varsity experience for the Braves. San Jose State was offer No. 1, then Ivy League powerhouse Dartmouth (9-1 last season and 6-1 in conference games) extended its educational opportunity to Nunez following the Spartans’ offer. Ivy League programs do not offer athletic scholarships, but can offer a financial aid package to prospective student-athletes.
Nunez immediately became a trench cornerstone the moment he put on the LHS football uniform. He’s pummeled defensive linemen into the grass and created lots of running space in the process for the likes of Taua, Ruben Cortez, Dallas Canley and now Leondre Coleman in the LHS backfield. The Braves have won 31 of 36 games with Nunez on the varsity roster.
Outside of the gridiron, Nunez became a state ranked heavyweight wrestler for the Braves during the winter sports season and is currently throwing for the LHS track and field team this spring. He also played baseball during his freshman year at LHS.
Nunez has additionally heard from California Berkeley and Fresno State during his recruiting period. But again, the 6-foot-4, 275-pound junior concludes he’s taking his time with the recruiting process and plans to hear from more colleges in the coming months.
“I’m really not leaning toward anyone right now. I’m just processing all of this still,” Nunez said. “I will definitely be waiting out my commitment to any school. I will be choosing where to go to school after my senior season.”