LINCOLN — Josh Banderas' long wait for signing day has been accompanied by one other annoyance the last week or so.
With his arm in a sling and his activity limited, the Nebraska football recruit is finding it hard to kill time.
“It's killing me not to be doing anything,” Banderas said. “I can't do anything. I've got to take it easy.”
The linebacker from Lincoln Southwest had surgery on Jan. 21 to repair past damage to the labrum in his left shoulder. Although the procedure went well, his rehab will keep him out of any serious workouts until late in the high school track season.
Banderas will be out of the sling just in time to sign his national letter of intent next Wednesday.
That whole wait hasn't been easy, either, since Banderas committed to the Huskers more than nine months ago. The son of former NU tight end Tom Banderas has been looking forward to seeing the paperwork in front of him since completing his senior season with the Silver Hawks.
“It seems like forever (since I committed),” Banderas said. “I've been talking about this with family for the last week, that when I get all this stuff set up it will feel like everything that I've worked for since the day I got started.”
Banderas is the only in-state recruit in the Huskers' current class of 21. The four-star prospect recently was ranked No. 182 on the final Rivals250.
Other than the wait after committing, the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder said he had no regrets with the process as he starred both ways for Lincoln Southwest last season, was the defensive captain of The World-Herald All-Nebraska team and then played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl earlier this month.
“It couldn't have gone better,” he said. “If you asked me if I'd go back and do it again, I'd definitely do it again because it was such an experience and so much fun. It'd be fun to relive.”
Banderas avoided dragging out the stress of the recruiting process by saying yes so early to Nebraska. It then allowed him to start reaching out to some other Husker recruiting targets, “to be that baseline, not be one of these stragglers.”
“I chipped in with a lot of guys,” he said. “There were maybe only two or three that I didn't talk to.”
Being ready for the start of NU summer conditioning in June is one thing. But Banderas has reason to get back sooner: He's the Class A defending champion in the 110-meter hurdles, and was runner-up a year ago in the 300 hurdles.
That's down the line, still, so right now he's looking forward to when he can start back on some squats and other leg work, and not just hang out and watch TV.
“I've been coming home and sitting in my chair, and just flipping through the channels,” he said.
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