Recruiting: The Last Game Weekend

Friday will be the last time this season that Nebraska can host official visits on a game weekend. Come inside as first year recruiting coordinator John Papuchis talks about the season's previous home-stands when it comes to recruiting. If you don't have a premium membership, you are missing out.

Lincoln, NE - As Nebraska's last home game of the season is upon us, caught up with first year recruiting coordinator John Papuchis. We asked Papuchis how he felt the previous game weekends when it came to hosting recruits, went in his eyes this season?

"I think they have all gone well. I think the weekends themselves have been successful," said Papuchis. "I think we all would have liked more commitments out of them. But part of the process is laying the ground work for future commitments and for the most part, the guys who have visited haven't committed anywhere yet. So it's not like we have lost a bunch of guys. To this point, I would say it has gone well, but I won't be able to truthfully answer that question until the first week in February."

At just seven verbal commitments, with one nearly being downgraded to a soft verbal, the Huskers have the least committed players in the Big Ten. Not necessarily concerning, with a smaller class expected to be taken.

But, the growing concern is if Nebraska will be able to fill out their class with quality down the road? The Huskers are in on many highly recruited prospects. The problem with higher rated prospects is they tend to wait longer in the process – electing to take all their official visits and usually deciding in January or even on National Signing Day.

Is there a concern among the coaching staff that by the end of January, they could be wondering what to do next as prospects commit elsewhere?

"No matter how you go about your recruiting, you have to have plan B and plan C in the place. We are no different – we know exactly what we would do," said Papuchis. "As pieces fall, we have a plan. Obviously I can't specifically talk about the plan because of NCAA rules, but we know what we would do if guys commit elsewhere. It's all carefully laid out.

"I know sometimes there is some angst among people who follow recruiting that want commitments and want them now. I understand that, but we believe in our philosophy and approach and we will see how it turns out in February."

For a look at the prospects Nebraska is still recruiting, CLICK HERE

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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