LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska will host a double-digit list of official visitors on Saturday night when they square off against Miami, making it likely the largest recruiting weekend of the year for the Huskers.
“Being an atmospheric night game helps you, as far as being able to get guys in on Saturday, especially when they’re playing on Friday night,” said head coach Bo Pelini. There aren’t a lot of bye weeks for high schools this time of year, so the night game helps you being able to get guys in. I think they’re going to have a great crowd.”
On two separate occasions last season, Nebraska hosted seven official visitors during one weekend – eight of the 14 ended up being eventual Huskers, while two more were committed shortly before ending up elsewhere.
The last time Nebraska hosted a double-digit official visitor weekend was in 2012, a prime time contest against Wisconsin and a few weeks later against Michigan. It helped net players such as Randy Gregory and David Knevel.
“We’ve had good success recruiting as far as getting guys in this time of year. We have some commits that are coming and some guys that we’re hoping to land,” said Pelini. The more numbers you get, the better. I think there’s some give and take about what the best route is.”
This season, Nebraska has only hosted one official visitor up to this point – Jason Lewis, a linebacker who will make his decision next week.
In most cases, if a player is not committed at this point, it’s likely he will be taking official visits the next couple of months to help in his decision process.
“The minus part of it is the number of kids who aren’t committed at this point and it might be their first official visit, and you can’t bring them back again,” said Pelini. “Is it too early to bring them in? So I don’t know if there is a right or wrong answer, but at the end of the day, especially a kid from distance who wants to come, you’re not going to turn them down.
“You hope that whatever impressions are made, if he’s not going to be a kid who is ready to make a decision yet, we want it to be a long-lasting one. Because he’s going to see a lot of things between now and when the signing date comes.”
Big Red Report's Bryan Munson will have a full breakdown preview of the visitor's list on Saturday.