Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Monday, March 4, 2013 | 10:05 p.m.
Tanner Britton was born in San Diego and spent most of his life living in Las Vegas.
He’ll spent the next four or five years in a much cooler climate.
When the Bishop Gorman High senior went on a college football recruiting trip in January to the University Nebraska at Kearney, the warm weather he’s accustomed to was replaced by freezing temperatures and snow.
“It was minus-6 degrees with light snow,” Britton said.
The offensive lineman wasn’t bothered by the elements, ultimately picking to play his college football at the Division II school. He signed a letter-of-intent Monday and will receive a near-full scholarship. He picked the Lopers over a similar offer from Colorado Mesa.
On a Gorman team of several players who signed with major college programs, the 6-foot-2, 260-pound Britton was considered a team leader. A three-year varsity performer, he was a mainstay on both sides of the line in 2012 in helping Gorman win its fourth straight state title. He was an all-Southwest League selection and part of the Sun’s preseason team.
He’ll likely play offensive guard in college, but said coaches might ask him to try defense. He’s just happy to continue playing.
And playing in Nebraska is a perfect fit.
“Those guys are hard-core football and not just for (the University) of Nebraska,” Britton said. “They are just as interested in Kearney football.”