Coach Bo Pelini said Nebraska’s chances at getting a recruit considerably increase if the staff can get him to visit the NU campus. It’s even better if the player’s parents come, too.
But often, that’s not easy.
There aren’t many direct flights in and out of Lincoln. Omaha has some, but not enough for some recruits to find convenient and cost-efficient travel itineraries, according to Pelini.
“You can recruit a kid all day, but a lot of times, if you can’t get him here — or it’s real difficult for him to get here — it’s going to be hard to get that kid,” Pelini said. “It’s a lot bigger piece to the puzzle than you would think.”
Just as important for parents, too. Getting Mom and Dad in Lincoln to tour the facilities, the academic amenities and the campus — that’s huge, according to Pelini.
“They get to see the type of atmosphere here, the type of people that are here, the type of program that we have. And they’re able to see it firsthand,” Pelini said. “It’s real important to get their parents on campus, rather than (the recruits) go home and they try and translate to the parents.”
Listening to Pelini discuss this topic, it leads you to believe that he and his staff may tweak their cross-country recruiting strategy a bit. Pelini did admit on Wednesday that he wanted to have a bigger presence in Dallas. Maybe more within Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Colorado as well.
>> Pelini said he has no reason to complain about his own ability to travel and see recruits. “They give me all the resources necessary for us to have success.”
>> Pelini said he probably did about 90 percent of his traveling over the last two weeks. “That’s a lot of air miles to put in, in a couple weeks time.”