Nebraska finished the 2018 recruiting class on a strong note thanks to the efforts of Scott Frost and his staff, but expect the Corhuskers to take the next step with a successful 2019 class. Land of 10’s Chris Bumbaca will answer a recruiting question of the day every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Ask him a question on Twitter (@BOOMbaca or @Landof10Huskers) or on Facebook. Find our previous questions and answers here.
Hey Chris I agree that Georgia is important. What happened to Louisiana? Riley and Pelini had luck getting players from there. Now getting them to stick was a different story!
— Jeff Shannon (@LCSjeff) April 3, 2018
Louisiana provided Nebraska with some talent during the Bo Pelini and Mike Riley years. Pelini came to Nebraska fresh off the defensive coordinator job at LSU, a position he held for three seasons. That, coupled with the nature of the position and the success he had with the Tigers, allowed Pelini to build significant relationships in the state.
According to this database, Pelini signed 10 players from Louisiana during his tenure as coach of the Huskers (2008 to 2014). Nebraska signed two players from the state in the 2015 class, when Riley transitioned over: Stanley Morgan Jr. and Tyrin Ferguson. They are two of four Louisiana natives on Nebraska’s current roster. Keyan Williams, the son of former wide receivers coach Keith Williams, and Pernell Jefferson are the others.
The elder Williams was Riley’s key to Louisiana. The staff also pulled former quarterback Tanner Lee, a transfer from Tulane, from the state.
But Scott Frost and his staff don’t seem interested in recruiting Louisiana. They have not offered a prospect from the state since they took over in December. Only one Louisiana recruit — 3-star cornerback Jordan Clark — holds a Huskers offer. It came in June 2017, from the previous coaching staff.
Louisiana produces plenty of elite talent, but the Huskers would rather compete for those types of recruits in states where there’s more of them and the probability of landing one or two is better. LSU has a tight grip on the southern part of the state. Texas programs recruit there, and Arkansas makes a concerted effort in the northern areas of Louisiana.
In Frost’s two main recruiting classes (2017 and 2018) as coach at UCF, he extended 295 and 380 offers, respectively. Only seven prospects from Louisiana in each of those classes received offers from the Knights.
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