Early start has Huskers high on the charts

An early start has the Huskers at No. 15 in the most recent Scout.com 2015 team recruiting rankings.

With six commitments and the month of April still looming, Nebraska sits strong at No. 15 in the country in the most recent Scout.com 2015 team recruiting rankings.

The Huskers are currently third in the Big Ten, behind Penn State (No. 5) and Michigan (No. 14).

The complete list can be found here: Top 25 recruiting rankings

It's early, but the biggest surprises might be Penn State in the top five and the absence of Ohio State on the first page.

Behind the efforts of new head coach James Franklin, the Nittany Lions already have seven commitments – five of which are four star prospects. Penn State is expected to take nearly 20 players in this year's class according to FightOnState.com.

Ohio State has three commitments, two of which are from Urban Meyer's old stomping grounds in Florida. The Buckeyes are been strong in their home state the past few seasons, but appear to be upping their national recruiting efforts in this year's class.

"We are going to recruit the 25 best football players in America," Buckeyes secondary coach Kerry Coombs told the players on a recent recruiting pitch. "We will go to any corner of this country to find those men."

When it comes to Nebraska, five of the six Husker commitments come from the 500-mile radius. This will be the fourth recruiting class for Nebraska as members of the Big Ten, something Bo Pelini was asked about during his National Signing Day press conference as the staff makes continued adjustments to a new conference.

"It's different now in how people perceive you. We haven't moved in Nebraska, it hasn't moved, but do they perceive us more like a Big Ten school? Like we're going to be playing in the snow every week? Which some people think that's the case," said Pelini. "Obviously that's not reality.

Do they perceive the Big Ten that much different than the Big 12? Has our reception been different? And really, what has been our success rate? We've still been able to go into Texas and have success. Maybe not so much over the last year or two in California for whatever reason, but we've kind of moved east. We've had a little bit more success. How does the Big Ten Network affect it? You have to acquire data."

With six commitments, Nebraska appears to be on faster pace in this year's class compared to their most recent.

Last season, the Huskers sixth commitment (D.J Foster) didn't come until June.

"Our coaches did a great job of getting some kids here," said Pelini in February. "There's some good talent that was drivable. I feel great about where the 2015 class is headed getting some early commitments, but it's a long way to go."


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