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A late flurry of activity has reassured Nebraska fans about the 2014 class, at least to some extent. But the fact remains that Nebraska’s recruiting under Pelini has not been consistently in the nation’s elite.
Yes, Tom Osborne’s classes were not consistently elite and he did OK. Yes, Nebraska’s recruiting is relatively equivalent to Michigan State, the current B1G champion. Yes, Bill Callahan made his name with recruiting, and we all know how that turned out.
But the fact is, particularly in the modern era, recruiting is a critical component to success in college football. In his ground-breaking College Football Matrix, Dave Bartoo has isolated successful recruiting, as reflected by aggregate recruiting rankings, as one of the three variables that can predict success for college football teams in the long run.
As the wise light bulb commercial observed, if you argue with math, you will lose. And as Bartoo has demonstrated, recruiting success is very likely to translate to success on the field. Currently Nebraska sits at No. 35 nationally for its 2014 recruiting class. If Nebraska has not lowered its standards and is expecting to compete for conference titles, that recruiting simply must improve in years to come.
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