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#AskLoogs Nebraska hosts Sparty & a bunch of officials this weekend. With miracle over NW and D killing UM, how much will a win here help?
— Nathan Walters (@nathanielhusker) November 12, 2013
Right now, winning is the only cure for Nebraska, no matter how they can get them. Many people might not truly realize how difficult a job it is at Nebraska in this era, as the move to the Big Ten has diminished their role in Texas, to some degree. When they get kids on campus, they have to win and make a favorable impression throughout the weekend because it is likely the only time they will get them on campus.
This is the challenge at Nebraska because of their local player pool is lacking. The state of Nebraska and the surrounding states do not produce enough prospects to build an 85-man roster within 300-500 miles in any direction, so unofficial visits are not as prevalent with this program as it is with others. This severely limits their ability to get parents on campus as well. Nebraska has a lot to offer, but their locale really hurts them.
I’ve always said the advent of cable television disabled Nebraska more than any other program in the country. They are not a national brand in the same way they used to be, which limits their value in areas across the country that they used to be a fixture in.
In my opinion, getting the “decision maker” in the recruitment of a player on campus in Lincoln is every bit as important as any other facet in the process for this particular program because it is difficult for all prospects to relay back to their parents and guardians, everything that was presented. As mentioned above, it is often just a one-time shot at a prospect because of proximity.