Top recruit overcomes tragedy

Top recruit overcomes tragedy

Top recruit overcomes tragedy
Nico Ornelas lost a coach and a mentor when his father died
By Shawn Hunter

"Big hits make great linebackers.

For Nico Ornelas, a 6-foot-3 Texas native, it wasn’t a hit he gave that sparked a career, but a hit off the field that lit a fire inside him.

Joel Ornelas, Nico Ornelas’ father, was not only a dad, but a coach and a mentor. The man who saw Nico Ornelas take his first steps in life died in a head-on collision before seeing his son take the next step."
 

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