Look at Missouri, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Colorado, Colorado State, Kansas State, Iowa State, Iowa, and even Kansas! Dare I even mention the Texas schools.---All of those schools have gotten better. Much better, and that is the problem.
We used to walk into those high schools and the kids were just begging to come to Nebraska------Kids like, Grant Wistrom, Mike Minter, Mike Rucker, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Josh Heskew, Brook Berringer, and Steve Warren. Look where they're from---surrounding states. Ten years ago when you lived in Oklahoma, Missouri, Iowa, and Kansas there was only one school---Nebraska. Times have changed, this is not the Big Eight anymore.
Welcome to today. Those schools haven't stood still. Missouri is on the up. Oklahoma State is on the up. Iowa is on the up. Kansas State is on the up. Have I mentioned what Oklahoma has done in the last few years?
My point is we just can't walk into the surrounding states and pick whoever we want. We used to,-----not anymore!!! In the world of college football our neighbors have gotten better. Now we have to go out and earn those kids. Nothing is for granted. The "glory years" are over. Just because you live in a surrounding state does not mean you are "Nebraska bound!" Welcome to the Big 12 Mr. Callahan.
Just how important is recruiting???
One bad class can hurt you, but two bad classes...well..... you're 7 and 7.
Here is a look at the 1999 class
Shaun Coleman---Injury---Gave up Football
Josh Davis---Started part of his Senior year
Jon Dawson---Kicked off the team
Toniu Fonoti---Left early for the NFL
John Garrison---Very average
Taylor Gehman---Hurt his back and had to give up football
Tim Green---Never started a game, always hurt
Blanchard Johnson---Had to give up football due to injuries
Trevor Johnson---Did not start till his Senior year
Patrick Kabongo---Second string
Chris Loos---Never started a game, always hurt, a career back up
Robin Miller---4th string
Phil Peetz---Did not contribute until his Senior year
Junior Tagoa'i---Kicked off the team
Now Let's look at the 2000 class
Willie Amos---3rd string corner, hurt his knee and has not been the same since
Terrell Butler---3rd string corner
Thunder Collins---Kicked off team
Ira Cooper---2nd string
Sandro DeAngelis---2nd string
M.J. Flaum---Had to give up football due to injury
Lannie Hopkins----Talented, but always hurt
Steve Kriewald---2nd string
Dewayne Long---Always hurt, gave up football
Lornell McPherson---2nd string
Nick Povendo---2nd string
Chris Septak---4th string
Ben Zajeck---4th string
Other than Fonoti (who left early) there were no All Americans, not even an All Big 12 player. Half were hurt, transfered, got kicked off the team, or ended up buried on the depth chart------------------The result, a 7 and 7 record.
Recruiting is not everything. But, if we don't get quality talent then the coaches don't have anything to work with. My friends really should pay more attention to this stuff.