One of the biggest ones that was tentatively scheduled to visit was LaMichael James. James, a 5-foot-9 and 185-pound running back from Texarkana (Texas) Liberty-Eylau, was set to see Nebraska this weekend as an unofficial visitor. Did he go?
"I didn't go," James said. "I changed my mind. I think that they are going to lose their coaches so I didn't go."
James says that he knows that Nebraska has tradition and facilities, but in his mind the coaching staff is a big part of the commitment equation. It's big enough to stop thinking about Nebraska for a while.
"It really does a lot. I don't want to go to a school without the coach that is recruiting me."
James has gotten close with two of the Nebraska coaches. First, Bill Callahan was recruiting James hard and then recently Randy Jordan was contacting James the most. James said those two coaches staying at Nebraska will be critical in him considering Nebraska.
"Obviously the head coach and Randy Jordan are important. I was talking a lot to Coach Callahan for a while then it was Coach Jordan. They leave and I won't really know anyone. I won't know any coaches or anyone."
James says that the hypothetical question about new coaches recruiting him from Nebraska is something that he will consider when the time comes. He is staying open and admits that he will listen to new coaches as well.
"Yeah, I will give them a chance to recruit me. I'll listen. I want to play, obviously. If they will tell me that I can play, feel comfortable talking to them and trust them then I will consider them again."