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Mike Riley devoting more resources to recruiting?
An interesting quote from Nebraska coach Mike Riley surfaced in the Portland Tribune on Monday.
In a conversation with reporter Kerry Eggers, with whom Riley grew up in Corvallis, Ore., Riley said he is creating a department dedicated to recruiting.
Nebraska’s football program has had three separate departments: football, operations and personnel. The Cornhuskers are adding a fourth component, which will focus solely on recruiting, Riley told Eggers.
“With the advent and use of social media in recruiting, we need somebody doing something 24/7,” Riley said. “We’re in the process of putting that together to help us in the acquisition of talent.”
Riley is gung-ho on recruiting. It’s partly why he fired special teams coordinator Bruce Read and defensive coordinator Mark Banker, partly why he hired cornerbacks coach Donte Williams, and partly why Riley gave linebackers coach Trent Bray and defensive line coach John Parrella raises this offseason.
So, on its surface, it isn’t surprising that Nebraska is moving in the direction of creating a department dedicated to recruiting. Nebraska has the money to do so. Plus, recruiting 24 hours a day seems to be one of Riley’s main focuses.
We reached out to the athletic department for more on the potential department. We’ll bring you updates when we know more.
Huskers extend more offers
— J-Eazy (@jalen_redmond) February 20, 2017
Redmond is the No. 14 weakside defensive end in the 2018 class and No. 6 player in Oklahoma, per 247Sports.
He has offers from schools including Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arizona State and Kansas State. He was visited by Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops on Monday, as well.
Nebraska also offered 3-star DE Cameron Latu on Monday.
— Cameron Latu? (@cameronlatu40) February 20, 2017
247Sports rates Latu as the No. 22 weakside defensive end in the class and No. 7 recruit in Utah.
He has 13 offers, including Alabama, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington and Oregon.
Nebraska offered a third defensive end on Monday: 4-star Elijah Wade.
Blessed to receive my 15th offer from the University of Nebraska ? pic.twitter.com/qbxal5sUMc
— Elijah (@Elijah_Wade_) February 20, 2017
Wade is the No. 5 weakside defensive end in the 2018 class and No. 4 prospect from Nevada.
National champion headed to Lincoln
As we reported earlier Monday, Clemson graduate Scott Pagano is considering transferring to Nebraska.
Pagano, who can play immediately and has one year of eligibility left, also is considering Oklahoma, Cal, Oregon, Notre Dame, Texas and Arkansas. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound defensive tackle reportedly is setting up official visits and will enroll in May.
Pagano had 31 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 2 sacks in 12 games (4 starts) in 2016 for the national champion Tigers.
If he picks Nebraska, Pagano likely will compete for a starting position at defensive end in Bob Diaco’s 3-4 scheme.