Els: It wasn't a complete negative

We posed an interesting question to Nebraska recruiting coordinator Ross Els. Was the spring game getting canceled actually a blessing in disguise?

Lincoln, NE - Shortly after the Red-White game was canceled, recruits told Big Red Report they were not heart broken the scrimmage had to be called. It allowed the high school prospects more individual time with coaching staff and players.

Two days later, four-star defensive end A.J. Natter committed, citing his discussions with current Nebraska players as an important part of the decision. Later in the week, three-star linebacker Courtney Love jumped on board, also bringing up his extra time with the defensive coaches on Saturday.

So when BRR had Nebraska recruiting coordinator Ross Els on the phone last week to inquire about the "Big Red Weekend," we asked the question:

Was the spring game getting canceled actually a blessing in disguise?"

"I think I would be shot in the state of Nebraska if I said the spring game getting canceled was a good thing," said a laughing Els.

"It may have helped a little bit, but the majority of the offered kids that were in for the spring game we had already spent a lot of time with. I think the game would have helped. It would given them a chance to compare themselves to the guys on the field. I know a lot of the recruits would have liked to seen the environment and the 60,000 fans. It wasn't a complete negative, but we would have rather played the game."

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