NU adjusting to faster recruiting process

The recruiting process was supposed to slow down a few years ago. It's actually sped up, which means Nebraska is adjusting to it.


In June of 2010, the NCAA passed a rule that stated colleges were not allowed to send official football scholarship paperwork out until August 1st.

The rule was supposed to help slow down the recruiting process and help avoid seeing more and more underclassman commit early to programs.

It didn't work.

Two years later, the recruiting process is faster than ever, and it's something that is forcing Nebraska to change the way they approach younger prospects.

"We don't know the answer. We want to slow this thing down. We don't want to offer a ton of sophomores right now, but guys are starting to trim their list down. So we kind of have to," said Nebraska recruiting coordinator Ross Els. "When you watch a great guy as a sophomore you think, 'I would love to watch him as a junior,' but now we have to get in on him, because he's going to narrow his list down and we won't even get a shot or a visit."

So why is the rule not helping the problem?

Els says it's because most programs offer a player through their high school head coach – similar to what Nebraska does. While the offer can't be official, a head coach tells his player an offer will be coming down the road from the program.

The rule also doesn't stop a college coach from verbally offering a player prior to August 1st of their senior year, but technically a verbal is just that. It's been reported before players thinking they have a certain offer from a program, but it never actually coming in the mail.

"We would love to slow it down, but no one has come up with a good way to do it yet, so until then, we are going to speed up ours," said Els.

Fox Sports NEXT shows Nebraska has extended 38 known offers to 2014 prospects (entering their junior year) – with many more likely not reported.

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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