After narrowly missing out on New Jersey products Quanzell Lambert and Devin Fuller in the 2012 class, Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini was optimistic about the Huskers chances in the Northeast going forward.
"I thought we did a good job over on the East Coast, in the Northeast. Probably better than we have in the past," said Pelini. We developed some relationships there. I think that'll be a good spot for us moving forward. Every year we sit down as a staff and talk about how the areas might move."
Nebraska appears to be trying to cash in on those relationships, with six known New Jersey prospects already offered in the 2013 class.
The five newest coming on Monday: St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City) cornerback Tre Bell, Red Bank Regional (Little Silver) defensive end Garrett Sickels, Immaculata defensive end Tashawn Bower, and Timber Creek High (Erial) defensive linemen Greg Webb and Dajaun Drennon.
"As soon as I walked into the locker room to lift (after school), I checked my Facebook and (assistant) coach Ross Els told me to call him and he let me know," Bell told Fox Sports' Brian Dohn Monday night. "I know they made it to the (Capitol One) Bowl against South Carolina and I watched the game against Northwestern this year. I know they have really good academics as well.
"A visit is very possible out there. I know they produce guys like Prince Amukamara."
Timber Creek won the NJSIAA South Group 3 State Championships last year, in large part due to Lambert, Webb, and Drennon's efforts on defense. The Chargers allowed only 7.8 points per game last season.
"How I fit in, how the school fits me, what I can produce at the school, and will I be an immediate impact to the program," Webb told Scout.com on what he's looking for in a school.
At Red Bank Regional, Sickels registered 76 tackles, including 10 sacks, nine tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries in 2011. He currently has offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Stanford, among others.
"I want a school with a great education, to have a degree that can really sustain me after football," Sickels told Scout.com's Amy Campbell. "Life after football is something that my dad and I always talk about and that it's unavoidable.
"Academics are the main thing. The second thing I have to say, I want to play. Whatever schools provides me with the best opportunity to get on the field and play and ball out and do my thing, that's probably one of the main things. And I want to have a great coaching staff I know will be there for hopefully all my time at that school and a staff that really embodies the same principles I do."
Bower's Monday was a busy one, with the Arkansas and Washington both joining Nebraska in extending an offer. The 6-foot-5, 228 pounder has 22 BCS offers after registering 75 tackles in 2011.