Pelini and Cotton to visit

It's become a real chore, trying to keep up with the new head coach at Nebraska on the recruiting trail. One day he's in California, the next he's in Missouri. The last couple of days it's been Texas, but tomorrow night he will head north to see one of the defensive ends in the class.

One of the more recent commitments to the Nebraska class is Riley Reiff. Reiff, a 6-foot-6 and 230-pound tight end/defensive end from Parkston (S.D.) has spoken to his new recruiting coach on the phone, but will meet him and the new head coach tomorrow.

"I talked to Barney Cotton on the phone," Reiff said. "Nebraska hasn't been in-home yet. That is tomorrow night actually. Barney and Bo Pelini will be here."

Reiff said that he felt comfortable talking to his new recruiting coach, Cotton, who basically just wanted to start building that relationship with Reilly and keep him up on what is happening in Lincoln.

"He's a really good guy. We just talked. He talked about the new staff and wanted to keep me informed. There's been a lot of changes."

Reilly has found out that Bo Pelini's brother, Carl, will be his position coach. He heard from Coach Cotton that the two of them were at Nebraska previously and all coached together.

"I have heard that the new defensive line coach will be Bo's brother, Carl Pelini. Coach Cotton told me about them and how they had ties to Nebraska previously."

The changes in Lincoln have made a few of the commitments change their commitment completely and others just take a look around. Reiff didn't waiver on his decision. "No. It never really affected me or my decision at all."

Reiff will catch up with the Nebraska coaches tomorrow night and he will also have a chance to take his official to Lincoln later in the process. "I am going to take my official visit to Nebraska sometime in January."

The idea about tomorrow is to listen to what the new head coach has to say. Obviously some questions might come up, but Reilly says that he is going to listen to Pelini talk about what is going on and not go in with a lot of questions.

"I don't know, not a lot really. I guess what wasn't explained is what changes will be made from last year to this year on the field. I am just going to let him explain."

The Parkston team made the playoffs, but made an early exit. According to Reiff, it was a disappointing season in terms of how quickly they lost in the playoffs.

"We were 5-4. We made the playoffs, but lost in the first round. We definitely failed to live up to expectations."

"I was all-state as a tight end. I also received all-conference and was on the Lead 45. That's the top 45 guys from the area and I made that. I was also the Gatorade State Player of the Year."


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