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Nebraska Football Recruiting: In Which Bo Pelini Invades SEC Territory

Nov 29, 2013; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Bo Pelini leads his team onto the field prior to the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Memorial Stadium. Iowa won 38-17. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports
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Erin SorensenContributor IFebruary 5, 2014

According to 247Sports.com, Nebraska's 2014 recruiting class boasts 25 commitments as of national signing day. With that total, head coach Bo Pelini made a statement in SEC territory.

Of the 24 players that signed their letters of intent with the Huskers, 11 hail from Southern states. Additionally, three of those players call Louisiana home. Brandon Vogel of HailVarsity.com reports that's the most Nebraska has signed from the state in 42 years.

The South has always been a focus of Pelini's in his time at Nebraska. However, it's clearer than ever that it's an area he intends to dedicate time to.

Hiring secondary coach Charlton Warren proves that.

When former defensive backs coach Terry Joseph departed for Texas A&M, it was clear that Pelini needed to find someone with similar roots in the South. That's where Warren stepped in.

The focus on the South does mean that other areas will take a backseat going forward. For instance, the Huskers didn't sign a single player from California in the 2014 class. According to Vogel, that's the first time that's happened since 1998.

That's definitely a step away from the norm too.

Nebraska has typically recruited heavily in California, Texas and Florida. Over the years, the Huskers relied heavily on those three states to provide the recruits needed.

There is a still a great deal of focus on recruiting in Texas and Florida. However, there is a noticeable shift to recruit more in the South as well.

And there is good reason to focus on that area. Florida, for example, still remembers Nebraska from the 1990s.

Pelini has long been a fan of recruiting in Florida. The Daily Nebraskan notes that, as the Huskers' defensive coordinator, he knew it was worth his time to find recruits in the Northern part of the state.

Since returning as the head coach in 2008, Pelini's philosophy hasn't changed.

As for the 2014 class, he has stepped outside of Florida and into surrounding states. Those states are Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Missouri. With Texas A&M in the SEC, some could even argue that the three recruits from Texas should count in the overall total.

Regardless of whether someone says it's 11 or 14 total players, Pelini made a dent in SEC territory for the 2014 class.

If anything, it's a sign of what's to come in future recruiting classes from Pelini's staff.

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