The recruiting machine churns all week. Join us Tuesday through Friday nights when we recap Nebraska recruiting news, offering analysis and context.
Getting recruits to Lincoln is key, Riley says
In a Q&A with Rivals.com this week, coach Mike Riley gave a glimpse into Nebraska’s recruiting strategy.
The key, he said, is getting recruits to actually see Nebraska; bringing recruits from across the nation to Lincoln to watch a game.
“When I first got the job, I interviewed every player on the team,” Riley said. “I asked each one of them why they chose Nebraska. So many of them said, “When I visited, I knew.” So I knew that was a key part of it.”
Riley also mentioned that recruiting kids from California seems “natural,” since he and his staff were on the West Coast for so long at Oregon State.
“You have to find the right guy, the right player and the guy that is a little adventurous and wants to explore,” Riley said. “When we can get him to come out here to visit, we feel like we have a chance to get them.”
Riley also mentioned that he can see why Michigan is a hot spot for recruits to visit, or even sign, because people just seem to gravitate toward Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh. That’s something Riley noticed years ago when he was the head coach of the San Diego Chargers and Harbaugh was a backup quarterback.
“He has always been very, very competitive,” Riley said of Harbaugh. “A big part of what we do is compete for recruits and compete on the field. Our lives are still full of that, and Jim has just carried that on.”
Ohio State Twitter gets confused
So here’s a glimpse into an odd part of the recruiting world:
A trend for some fans who are into college recruiting is editing photos of recruits and Photoshopping logos of teams or schools into the background and posting them on Twitter. Recruits seem to like it and occasionally retweet the photo or post the Photoshopped photo when they announce their plans to visit a school.
Anyway, one edited photo of a top 2018 Husker target “throwing the bones” has been making its rounds on Ohio State Twitter the past few days.
Here’s a screenshot of the edited photo of 2018 target 4-star Bookie Radley-Hiles doing the famous Blackshirt pose. The photo was taken when Radley-Hiles was in Lincoln during the Friday Night Lights camp in June.
— Vergi01 (@vergi01) September 29, 2016
The edited photo and tweet have since been deleted.
When Nebraska fans called out the Ohio State fan who posted the edit, the fan said he didn’t know about the “throw the bones” pose because Nebraska “isn’t relevant.”
Funny thing is, I didn’t even know what ‘Throw Dem Bones” was, Nebraska is so irrelevant. ? ? Oh, I bet I can find a pic of Ty Lindsey TDB ? https://t.co/KPjjuDnKyU
— Mr. Buckeye™ (@Soggy_McMuffin) September 29, 2016
Radley-Hiles is visiting Lincoln this weekend. He tweeted the bones out Thursday afternoon.
— Brendan Radley-Hiles (@Bookie_44) September 29, 2016
Joseph Lewis confirms visit
Another recruit coming to town this week is 5-star WR Joseph Lewis.
It was known, for the most part, that Lewis would be in Lincoln for Saturday’s game against Illinois. He confirmed he will be at the Nebraska game with a Tweet on Wednesday.
— Joseph Lewis (@NoFootball4Me) September 29, 2016
Lewis, from Hawkins High in Los Angeles, is the No. 2 wide receiver in the 2017 class and visited Nebraska during fall camp in August.
Lewis also has offers from schools including USC, Oregon, Arizona and Oklahoma.