What’s ahead for how Nebraska handles football recruiting? With NCAA changes set to go into effect Aug. 1, NU assistant coach Ross Els said head coach Bo Pelini and the Husker staff are looking at a number of potential options.
The role of recruiting coordinator, which Els currently holds for NU, will no longer have to be handled by a full-time member of the coaching staff. It’s even possible now for college football programs to develop a separate recruiting staff.
“We’ve been bouncing a lot of ideas around, whether this is going to be a completely separate department and we’re just the guys who go out and recruit, or are we still going to be heading this up,” Els said. “How we’re going to adjust our staff, we really don’t know.”
Els currently handles not only the recruiting coordinator position but is the NU linebackers coach and special teams coordinator. Shifting that duty would potentially ease the workload and stress on particular assistant coaches around the country.
Els pointed out, however, that adding a recruiting coordinator or department also would mean adding expenses.
“Budget is going to limit all schools on how much staff they can add,” he said. “Fortunately we’re at a place where, hopefully, that’s not going to be too much of a hindrance.”
As with Pelini, Els has reservations about other recruiting changes that will lift limits on phone calls and texts to recruits. Both voiced concern for the potential impact of that contact on student-athletes.
“I mean, my goodness, they have to be disciplined enough to turn off their phone and get their home work done, etc.,” Els said. “I’ve got two kids in high school right now, and with playing sports and trying to get good grades they don’t have a lot of free time.
“It’s going to be interesting. It really is. I don’t know how they came about these decisions.”