It’s hard not to be impressed with what Nebraska’s football staff has done thus far in terms of recruiting. Just yesterday, ESPN’s Jeremy Crabtree touched on how surprising the Cornhuskers’ early surge is. The Huskers currently claim the No. 15 class nationally and No. 2 in the Big Ten behind Penn State according to 247Sports. It’s not impossible to keep this run going, but as I’ve stressed in the past, this effort must continue all season long.
Brand new secondary coach Charlton Warren has already set the pace by bringing in cornerbacks Eric Lee and Avery Anderson. He’s currently ranked as the No. 22 overall recruiter in 247Sports’ eyes. For a guy pulling in a scant $220,000, that ain’t a bad investment. What must the rest of the staff do as Warren makes hard runs on such prospects as Roquan Smith, Frank Buncom IV, Holton Hill and PJ Mbanasor?
Step their game up in a hurry. Fortunately, that appears to be what’s happening.
— Dre (@Deondre_3) March 26, 2014
A handwritten note to QB target Deondre Francois by offensive coordinator Tim Beck against a backdrop of Memorial Stadium? He’s obviously moving in the right direction, but what about the rest of the Husker staff?
— Ryan Davis (@thaRD5) March 25, 2014
A tweet by wide receiver Ryan Davis alongside runningback Ray-Ray McCloud III, athlete/dual-threat quarterback Deon Cain, and athlete George Campbell. What makes the Fearsome Foursome worth hashtagging? All Florida athletes, all amazingly talented and the staff would be ecstatic to have any as a member of this class.
Big Red Report tweeted earlier today that Nebraska will be holding two Big Red Weekends in June this year. This gives prospects a chance to grow more familiar with Lincoln, reschedule to get the full experience if they miss out or visit during both weekends to take in their potential new home even more. Ultimately, this comes down to the most important aspect of recruiting: relationships.
Bo Pelini and his staff are getting in on kids early and forming bonds that will eventually land them big fish like Tanner Farmer, Nick Gates and Monte Harrison from last cycle.
Offers to 2016 prospects are already going out which shows a commitment towards the future much as we saw last cycle. The staff couldn’t get 2015 offers out fast enough last year, and now here they are with perfect opportunities to lock down even more top talent in the summer months.
Will this trend continue into February? If the effort shown can keep up for 10 more months, absolutely. If not, flip a coin.
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