Nebraska Football: Cornhuskers Finally Pick up the Pace on 2014 Recruiting Trail

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIJune 17, 2013

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 10: Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Bo Pelini leads his team onto the field before their game at Memorial Stadium on November 10, 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska beat Penn State 32-23. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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Nebraska football recruiting is starting to heat up, which is great news for Bo Pelini and his staff.

It's also great news for 'Huskers nation, because slow and steady doesn't always win the race in college football recruiting.

Adam Rittenberg of reports that Nebraska has been on a roll, culminating at Big Red weekend:

The Huskers ended up adding four verbal commitments during Big Red weekend, to go along with two pledges -- offensive lineman Tanner Farmer and quarterback Zack Darlington -- in the days leading up to the event. Nebraska now has added seven recruits since June 7, bringing its 2014 total to a respectable nine. 

Darlington is the name that jumps out, not only because of the position he plays but the fact that he turned down Ohio State for the Huskers. RecruitingNation rates Darlington as a four-star prospect and the No. 11 quarterback in the 2014 class. Nebraska's post-Taylor Martinez quarterback situation looks solid now with Darlington, Tommy Armstrong and Johnny Stanton.  

According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Zach Darlington is a 3-star quarterback who's ranked as the No. 11 dual-threat quarterback in the nation. He's a good pickup for the 'Huskers, and he's now their marquee recruit. 

As Rittenberg mentioned, Nebraska has nine current commitments, but that's a number that's sure to grow.

With the commitments adding up, especially as of late, Nebraska will continue to gain momentum and hype, and that will play well with recruits still looking at the Cornhuskers as a serious option.

Nebraska is on the respective 247Sports interest lists of targets like 4-star athlete Kalen Ballage (top five), defensive tackle Peyton Newell (top two), offensive tackle Brian Wallace (top three) and wide receiver Monte Harrison (leader). Newell and Wallace are considered 4-star recruits, according to 247Sports.

Of course, Nebraska will also benefit from a good showing on the field in 2013, so when all is said and done, a top 25 class should be within reach for Pelini and his staff.

The Cornhuskers may have started off slow, but once the ball gets rolling in recruiting—it's hard to stop.

Momentum, more than just about anything else, is key on the recruiting trail. Outside of winning, hype is one of the biggest draws a program can have with elite recruits. Where one goes, others tend to follow.

Look at what a national championship or two has done for Alabama on the recruiting trail, and just as recently as last recruiting cycle, the hype surrounding Robert Nkemdiche's interest and eventual commitment to Ole Miss put the Rebels on the recruiting map in a huge way.

Alabama finished with the No. 1 class last cycle, according to the 247Sports team rankings. Ole Miss landed the No. 8 class.

Such is the power of hype.

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