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Insider Recruiting Q&A - Neb, BSU, UT & More
Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini
Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Jan 30, 2011


What has Nebraska's move to the Big Ten done for recruiting? Can Derek Dooley recruit at Tennessee? Is Boise State's move to the Mountain West making a difference? These questions and a lot more in Part Seven of the key questions and insider answers for the 2011 recruiting season.


Recruiting 2011 - Key Questions

The Inside Info - Part Seven

 
What's happening this recruiting season? Several Scout publishers provide their insider info on the key questions that matter to the real world of college football.
 
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 1. How is Will Muschamp doing at Florida?
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 2. Is Kelly getting the job done at ND?
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 3. Is Auburn going after another Cam?
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 4. Ohio St, Bama, and their new threats
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 5. Is Oklahoma still getting the top QBs?
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 6. Who is Oregon going after?
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 7. The Big 10 and Nebraska.

- Recruiting 2010 - The Key Questions
- Recruiting 2009 - The Key Questions

CFN Top Prospects for 2011
- No. 1 to 50 | No. 51 to 100 | No. 101 to 150
- No. 151 to 200No. 201 to 250 | No. 251 to 300
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers
- Tight Ends | Off. Tackles | Guards & Centers 
- Def. Ends | Def. Tackles | Linebackers | Corners | Safeties 
- 2009 CFN Top 150 | 2010 CFN Top 200

Q: Is Boise State's move to the Mountain West making a difference? Is there any concern over all the speculation of Chris Petersen being a name in every top job opening?

A: 1) Is moving to the MWC making a recruiting difference? Not really. Before we could really use it as a recruiting tool, and then Utah and BYU bolted ... so any thoughts of the MWC becoming an AQ conference flew out the window. Now with TCU leaving it's essentially the WAC 2.0.

2) Coach Pete will always be named for every opening because of his phenomenal success, so really the concern would be greater if he wasn't being named as a favorite for every opening out there. What people who don't follow Boise State don't realize is that he has been pursued by some fairly big names since his first season as the Bronco's head man, sometimes in a very public way, and he has yet to do more than a phone conversation. He's never interviewed for any job he's been rumored to be in the running for.

Coach Pete always says that the media has never been right on reporting his supposed interest in leaving Boise. (See Mississippi State and 'Sparty & Friends' from 2008 for the best example) He really is a different type of coach, money isn't nearly as important as other considerations, like his family and location, and as long as Boise State continues making progress, (expanding stadium, upgrading facilities, improved football budget), he has said that he doesn't see himself leaving ... and given his history, you've got to believe that he's totally serious in that sentiment. – From Kevin Hiatt, BroncoCountry.com

Q: What has Nebraska's move to the Big Ten done for recruiting? How much is Bo Pelini focusing on in-state players as opposed to getting national talent?

A: The thought process behind the move to the Big Ten hasn't been so much about the benefits early on as it has been about the losses Nebraska could suffer in Texas, the single most important state for recruiting for the Big Red. Since the formation of the Big 12, the Huskers have had more players from Texas on their rosters than they had in the previous hundred years of the program ... combined. The Huskers have five players from the Lone Star State this year, matching last year's total. It was at six, before cornerback Tevin Mitchel switched from being a Husker to being an Arkansas Razorback.

The Huskers do have two kids from the state of Ohio this year, but it shouldn't be lost on people the fact that Pelini is from Youngstown, Ohio, he played for Ohio State and many of his staff has a lot of familiarity with either the Big Ten conference or recruiting in the eastern region of the country.

This season should have been a windfall for the Huskers as you would have thought the defensive recruiting would be prime coming off a season featuring Ndamukong Suh, perhaps the most decorated defensive player in college football history. They were certainly in early on a lot of big name DTs like Todd Peat, Todd Bar, Mickey Johnson and others, but all they had to show on the interior defensive line when the smoke cleared, was Kevin Williams, an early enrollee out of Pelini's stomping grounds in Ohio. Williams is a solid player, but after seeing a season which we saw from Suh, if Williams ends up being the only defensive tackle to be part of this class, consider the Huskers' efforts at taking advantage of any defensive momentum, all for naught.

The class seemed to be defined by the offensive linemen as the Huskers brought in five, one of which (Tyler Moore) already enrolled in January. That wasn't all they were after, but with Moore, a son of a former Husker, Ryne Reeves, a standout center prospect from within the state of Nebraska as well as Ryan Klachko, Givens Price and another Nebraska native in 6-10, Zach Sterup – this group has great upside, but players like Reeves and Moore could see action as early as their true freshman year.

The high ranker of the group is Aaron Green, a top 10 running back out of Texas. While there did seem to be some drama down the stretch for Green, who is a great outside speed threat, as well as someone who can work out of the backfield as a wide receiver – he ultimately chose Nebraska, where his brother, Andrew Green, plays corner and will be going into his sophomore year.

In the end, Nebraska might be looking more at the misses like Mitchel as well as Niklas Sade, a top tier kicking commit at one point who changed his mind and stayed in state as he switched to N.C. State. And they will get hacked on a bit for losing battles for defensive players when Nebraska's reputation clearly exists on that side of the ball. But it's a solid class, and as usual, Nebraska doesn't go after many JUCO prospects nowadays, but with Daimion Stafford and Joe Carter, both out of Chaffey JC in California – they have two standouts who should be impact guys right away. – From Steve Ryan, BigRedReport.com

Q: Considering the Boston College offensive woes, is the coaching staff having an easier time pitching the idea of immediate playing time?

A: Actually the young team that BC sent out might not help the recruiting effort. Because they played so many young skill players this year, I think current recruits questioned when they would see the field. Although he has remained committed, BC's QB recruit Christian Suntrup has been the center of much speculation. Supposedly the Suntrup camp had concerns about him sitting behind Chase Rettig for three years and Michigan came in with a late offer. So far, he remains a BC commit, but it will be interesting to see if any other poachers come in.

As for Linebackers, the current players have created momentum. Everyone wants to be the next Kuechly or Herzlich. Two of Kuechly's high school teammates are headed to BC to play linebackers and BC also has commitments from two other highly touted LB prospects.

The biggest holes in this class are in the talent level at O-line and DB. BC really went with a bunch of fliers/late bloomers at those spots after striking out on their main targets. – William Maloney, EagleInsider.com

Q: Can Derek Dooley recruit at Tennessee? Is he having enough success to quickly make the powerhouse a major factor in the East again?

A: Dooley has been a pleasant surprise on the recruiting trail; he has been received well by high school coaches, recruits and their families from all across the country. Tennessee is likely a year away from being a factor in the Eastern division of the SEC. Dooley success will depend on how well the talent they sign is developed. Do I think he can get there? Sure, but it will take some time. The Vols have focused on speed for the 2011 class. The two primary spots are cornerback and defensive line. – From Josh Woodward, Inside Tennessee

- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 1. How is Will Muschamp doing at Florida?
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 2. Is Brian Kelly getting the job done at ND?
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 3. Is Auburn going after the JUCO home run?
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 4. Ohio State, Alabama, and the new threats
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 5. Is Oklahoma still getting the top QBs?
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 6. Who does Chip Kelly & Oregon go after?
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 7. Does the move to the Big 10 help Nebraska?

- Recruiting 2010 - The Key Questions
- Recruiting 2009 - The Key Questions

CFN Top Prospects for 2011
- No. 1 to 50 | No. 51 to 100 | No. 101 to 150
- No. 151 to 200No. 201 to 250 | No. 251 to 300
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers
- Tight Ends | Off. Tackles | Guards & Centers 
- Def. Ends | Def. Tackles | Linebackers | Corners | Safeties 
- 2009 CFN Top 150 | 2010 CFN Top 200






























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