Each recruiting cycle, Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, has multiple players go on to play college football. This year is no different as Nebraska has offers out to a few players on the team. The most recent Gorman player to pick up an offer from Nebraska is defensive end/outside linebacker Treven Ma'ae. The 3-star prospect (Hail Varsity Rating: 84.3) is bursting onto the scene lately.
Ma’ae hasn’t been in contact with the Nebraska staff long, he estimates about three days and outside linebackers coach Jovan DeWitt was the one who offered him. Since it was DeWitt who offered him, I asked how he felt about potentially playing outside linebacker in college.
“Oh, it’s not a problem," he said. "I played linebacker when I was in eighth grade. They would have me rush the quarterback. I can do that, that’s my job. I’ve always liked Nebraska. A few of my favorite defensive linemen went there and are in the league right now. I’ve always kind of wanted to go to Nebraska.”
Right now, Ma’ae holds double digit offers and the number is sure to go up now that he has a higher profile at Bishop Gorman. He says that besides Nebraska the other schools standing out to him right now are USC, Oregon, Virginia, Duke and California. The only school of that group that he has visited so far is USC on an unofficial last year.
Nebraska has been working hard to line up visitors for spring practices and the spring game. They obviously would prefer recruits make it out for a practice and then the sold-out spring game to see the debut of Scott Frost. The staff has reached out to Ma’ae about a potential spring visit.
“Coach [Dustin] Haines sent me the spring schedule with some of the days to come out," he said. "I’m not sure yet if I’ll make it out, me and my parents haven’t decided yet. If not, then definitely in the summer because there’s a break from football for a week or so. So that’s when I want to make most of my unofficial visits.”
Ma’ae tells me that distance won’t be a factor since it hasn’t been too bad being away from family while attending Gorman. He does see transferring to Gorman being worth it to prepare him for college. When it comes to what he is looking for in a college, he has some pretty defined thoughts on what he wants.
“First thing is somewhere the players have the same mindset and goals as me. To win and get to the next level after college. That’s the most important thing," Ma'ae said. "I also want to be a police officer. I know you don’t need a degree for that but I’ve spoken to police officers and they say it helps to have one. So, I want to major in a subject like Criminal Justice. Plus, somewhere I can fit in with the people and school and somewhere that will match my family values.”
As for a timeline, it’s still early and he isn’t close to shutting down his process just yet. Ma’ae thinks by January maybe he will know. The versatile defender will surely be one to watch throughout this recruiting cycle.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.