Has Nebraska’s Recruiting Turned into a Ticker Tape Parade?

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Has Nebraska’s Recruiting Turned into a Ticker Tape Parade?

Earlier in February, we took a look at the 2012 Nebraska football recruiting cycle and crunched the numbers. Fast forward to early last Tuesday, when the Lincoln Journal Star’s Brian Christopherson offered up a couple of juicy tidbits  from the “Football 202” fan event in Lincoln:














Considering it’s the middle of June, there isn’t much weight to the final numbers for this cycle. However, when you break it down like we did last winter, a few things stand out.

2012: 17 letters of intent signed out of 168 offers or one commit for about every nine offers given.

2013 (as of June 12th): nine verbals out of 213 offers or one verbal for nearly every 24 offers given.

Is this a good thing or a bad thing? The answer is yes.

Nebraska putting out more offers to quality prospects and getting in contact with more kids earlier in the cycle is definitely a positive. This is diligence that Nebraska has seemed to lack until after the regular season ended during the last few years.

More targets that are receiving offers which seemed to be a big issue last year, regardless of the smaller class size. This suggests that the staff realizes that you can’t have a Plan A without a good B, C and even D in place.

Pelini’s staff also seems to be offering a number of recruits that they previously wouldn’t have dared to for fear of rejection and wasted resources, like Su’a Cravens.

Did it stink that Cravens never set foot in Lincoln? Of course, but there will be times when the staff offers anyway. After all, you can’t be told “no” by your dream date if you don’t ask.

Of course, with the good comes the bad, and we would be remiss if we didn’t discuss both sides of the coin.

The first thing that stands out is the lack of commitments when prospects are offered. One in nine isn’t the worst ratio, even when considering how many spots Nebraska didn’t fill last cycle.

However, if you’re averaging one for every 30, something isn’t right. This could be a result of the Husker staff’s inability to close, offering kids just to offer or both.

The second – and quite frankly, most disheartening stat – is that out of 213 offers, only 24 have gone to prospects who are within 500 miles of Lincoln. Of those 24, Nebraska received two verbal commitments with one coming from Josh Banderas, a Lincoln native.

Even with Terry Joseph on staff, Nebraska has apparently decided to not go after the best kids in Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Iowa.

Snagging Jerel Morrow from Bill Snyder’s backyard would not only be a solid get, but send Snyder and Charlie Weis to a Chinese buffet rage together .

I realize that there isn’t a large amount of recruits that would fill Nebraska’s roster and develop like those from California, Texas and Ohio, three states that Joseph, Beck and the Head Man Himself seem to love.

However, when there are a few that would help and they seemingly get the cold shoulder, there’s not much they can do except just move on to a school practically begging for their services. Wouldn’t you?

The last thing that could go sour with having said Plan B/C/D standing around while you’re waiting for plan A to make a decision, they could get mid-to-high grade offers and head off to other schools.

Said schools will often use that against you and and pitch that “while you’re Nebraska’s third choice, you’re our first and only need!”

This hasn’t been an issue so far, but it can become one very quickly once the season begins . Don’t believe me? Look at the plan in place if Andrus Peat didn’t commit last cycle…if you can find it.

Overall, Nebraska has realized there were some problem areas and they were addressed, though there still are a few cracks to patch up. Most fans should (and do) appreciate the effort that’s been given and realize that with hard work, good things will come.

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