Pelini on Husker recruiting

Bo Pelini talked recruiting with the local Husker media on Thursday. Come inside as the Nebraska head coach talks about his newest juco signees and the class overall.

LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini talked with local media in-person for the first time since the end of the regular season on Thursday.

Speaking for over 16 minutes, Pelini was asked about the Huskers' newest two junior college signees (DB-Byerson Cockrell and DE-Joe Keels).

"Cockrell is a guy who he obviously has played some football. He's very athletic and likes to run," said Pelini. "I like what he brings to the table. He's our style of corner. He can get up and press and get into people's faces. He gives us some experience with him being an older guy and can come in the spring and compete.

"Keels is a guy who can do it all. He's a big-bodied defensive end who can play on the strong side, can play a six (technique), can play a five (technique), but is also athletic enough to do some things as far as rushing the passer," Pelini said "I like his overall skill set. "

Whether you are talking about Lavonte David, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Daimion Stafford, Brandon Kinnie, or Dejon Gomes, Nebraska has had success recruiting junior college players in the Bo Pelini era.

"We've been very specific about the positions and the type of kids we have gone after," said Pelini. "Obviously they will have some work to do, we need to get these guys coached up, but I was pretty excited about signing those two young men."

Cockrell and Keels committed within four days of each other and were part of a huge upswing in recruiting momentum for Nebraska in the past few weeks.

"I thought we got a lot done," Pelini said. "We covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time. We're going to have to do the same when the middle of January hits and opens back up again. I think we are still in on some pretty good football players and some who I think can go right down to the end, we've had good reception. I think we have a chance to really finish this class off well."

As far as Pelini's thoughts on the class currently?

"I like this class," said Pelini. "When you combine it with what we needed going in, and what we need to help improve our football team and add to the pieces we already have, I think we've gone a long way towards doing that. Now we have to finish it up."

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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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