"Recruiting is speeding up. That's reality," said Pelini. "The more we can get out ahead of things, the deeper we can make our boards, the more stones we can turn over, the more rocks we can look under and find guys and make sure we get exposed to guys a lot faster.
"Having a little more expanded recruiting group is going to allow us hopefully to keep working not just on the class we have but thinking a year ahead."
The Huskers will have six of their nine commitments in town, including the newest two: Michael Decker (Omaha North) and DaiShon Neal (Omaha Central). Quarterback Kevin Dillman (Texas) was in last weekend and twin brothers Carlos and Kahlil Davis will be taking the ACT.
"Townsend is a linebacker who uses speed to his advantage," says Scout.com national recruiting analyst Greg Powers. "He is good in pass coverage assignments and can cover slot receivers. Additionally, he flies to the football and is aggressive against the run. He is a big-hitter and a sound tackler."
After Townsend, Jaelan Austin is a three-star wide receiver from South Grand Prairie high school in Texas. Austin has a double-digit offer list including schools like: Texas A&M, TCU, Iowa, Arkansas, and Mississippi.
"Here is your long shot pick as an early four-star based on potential and upside," said Powers. "A big-framed wide receiver who only had his hands on less than a handful of balls as a sophomore. He came on as coaches and scouts glimpsed him in the spring evaluation period and earned offers after having great camp stops and earning offers along the way."
A talented group of local Nebraska recruits will visit Memorial Stadium on Saturday as well, highlighted by Bellevue West high school wide receiver C.J. Johnson. The son of former Husker Clester Johnson, C.J. has offers from Western Michigan and Ohio. He will likely be a player Nebraska closely watches during their summer camps.