Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Early Offer: NU recruits stand by Pelini
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Bo Pelini’s critics have come out of the wood work, but recruits are standing by the Huskers’ head coach; Dodge City CC is normally known as one of the doormats of junior college football, but that’s changing thanks to talent like cornerback Danzel McDaniel; and Oklahoma is learning the downside of early recruiting is that it makes it easier to identify quality players like Joshua Wariboko.
Recruits sticking with Pelini Monday was a day that Nebraska coach Bo Pelini will never forget. First Pelini responded sharply to the suggestion by former Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier that the Huskers dump their entire defensive staff. Then he had to play damage control after an audio recording from 2011 surfaced in which he criticized fans during an expletive-laced rant. While fans took to social media with choice words of their own, the embattled coach was defended by a number of former players and several recruits. Three-star safety Luke Gifford (Lincoln, Neb./Southeast) has been the most vocal of Huskers commit so far when he tweeted Monday night that he loves coach Pelini and hopes to have him as a coach for years to come.
Love coach pelini and the staff at Nebraska. Couldn't be more happy to have them as coaches for years to come. GO BIG RED!
Dodge City CC corner making impact Traditionally, Dodge City (Kan.) Community College is one of the doormats of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference. But if you look at the standings this week, you’ll notice the Conquistadors, led by first-year coach Gary Thomas, are 3-1 on the season after upsetting No. 11 ranked Hutchinson. Fellow Jayhawk Conference coaches have noticed a vast upgrade in talent under Thomas, highlighted by cornerback -- Danzel McDaniel. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound McDaniel said has offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Southern Miss, USF, Arizona State, Illinois, Illinois State, Kent State and NIU. Several SEC programs like Georgia and Tennessee are also evaluating closely, and he plans on taking an official visit to K-State in October. If Dodge City and McDaniel continue to taste success, look for him to become one of the most heavily courted corners in the juco ranks.
Sooners will have to hang on to Wariboko Coaches are quickly learning one of the biggest pitfalls of early recruiting is that you sometimes make it easier for coaches at other schools to identify talent. That seems to be the case with ESPN Junior 300 offensive guard Joshua Wariboko (Oklahoma City/Casady), who committed to Oklahoma earlier this summer but has continued to rake in the offers from programs all over the country. Wariboko picked up offers from Texas A&M and USC over the weekend, and he also took an unofficial visit to College Station for the Alabama game. Despite having parents that went to OU, it certainly looks like his commitment to the Sooners will be tested over the next two years.