The Outsiders

It was a typical Husker class as the football team goes. A little from inside the state with the rest coming from all over. This year, much like many years recently, the two hottest states for the Huskers have been the Lone Star State and California.

Nebraska Football Head Coach Bo Pelini wrapped up his first full recruiting season with the obligatory press conference where he said he was pleased to have the chance to recruit for a whole year for the first time. "The biggest difference is that we were together for a year and we recruited these kids from start to finish. There were relationships built. It's always a hectic process, but I think the process this year was a little smoother obviously because we were in it from start to finish together."

The Huskers finish the 2009 class with the 33rd ranked recruiting class according to Scout.com. Pelini seemed content of his first full recruiting class. "It's good. Not great yet. It's getting better. I think people are waiting to see. I think it got better as we got momentum." NU signed 21 players on scholarship and added 11 walk-on players.

P.J. Mangieri is one of 11 signed walk ons right now, but more are expected in the
near future

The Huskers averaged 3.0 stars per player in the rankings amongst the 21 signed players. The top ranked players of the Nebraska recruiting class include four star QB Cody Green of Dayton, Texas and four star DE Jason Ankrah of Gaithersburg, MD. Nebraska recruited heavily in Texas and California, signing eight players from Texas and six from California. "We've had good reception there.

"Those are just a couple of areas going in that we decided we wanted to concentrate on. We thought we had to make some hay in those states and we thought we were able to get something done this year. Hopefully that's just a sign of things to come." However, Pelini was criticized for only signing two Nebraska prospects for scholarship. "We evaluate everybody in the state. We signed to kids scholarship-wise, but we have a number of kids coming in walk-on-wise. If things work out the way they did this year, there are going to be a number of kids that will be scholarship players down the line. We had some needs to fill. If you talk to the coaches in this state they would tell you that we are recruiting the state of Nebraska."

The Huskers two in state scholarship players are center Cole Pensick, a graduate of Lincoln Northeast High School, and fullback C.J. Zimmerer of Omaha Gross High School. Only time will tell how this year's recruiting class will fit in with the returning Husker team that finished off last season 9-4, but Coach Pelini has his newest team members ready to meet his expectations for the upcoming season. "Go to work. It's time. We've had good conversations with these men. There's a lot of character in the group. They're hard workers. They're the type of people we want to bring in. I like the group of kids that we have that are coming in here. I think they're going to fit in well, both athletically and in a lot of different ways. I like the character in the kids. They're a good group of kids. They know they're not promised anything."

Of the Husker recruiting class, NU brings in two Junior College transfers, DB Dejon Gomes from the City College of San Francisco, and WR Brandon Kinnie of Fort Scott Community College in Kansas.

Nebraska also announced the signings of 11 walk ons, including 10 from the state of Nebraska. "There were a lot of walk-ons who played for us this year and played some significant minutes. The kids just want a chance and an opportunity to play, especially the in-state kids. We represent in-state, out-of-state, and we're really excited about the group of walk-ons that we believe will be coming here in the summertime."

Nebraska has a start to their 2010 recruiting class with one scholarship signing, Guard Andrew Rodriguez from Aurora, Nebraska. The Cornhuskers start spring practice next month and will display their new team on the turf of Memorial Stadium on April 18th for the Red-White Spring Game.

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