National Signing Day 2011: What Positive Momentum Means for Nebraska Cornhuskers

Brandon CavanaughCorrespondent IJanuary 29, 2011

It's not how you start, it's how you finish.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers coaching staff has a fine class of verbal commitments and new pledges are starting to roll in.

One has to wonder if Nebraska can't pull off a similar end to the 2010-11 recruiting cycle as they did last year.

Heading into National Signing Day 2010, quarterback recruit Brion Carnes had committed to Western Kentucky over Nebraska, but was having second thoughts.

Defensive back Corey Cooper still wasn't quite sure where he was headed, but many felt the Cornhuskers would have his signature.

Finally, a defensive end named Owamagbe Odighizuwa was going to choose between Nebraska, UCLA and Oregon State.

Carnes thought better of his decision and became a Cornhusker. Cooper followed suit. Much to the dismay of Nebraska fans, Odighizuwa signed with the Bruins. Well, two out of three ain't bad, right?

With a scant five days left until National Signing Day, the Cornhuskers are making a strong push to fill out the remainder of this class as best as possible and thus far, their efforts have bore fruit.

Defensive end Joseph Carter gave his verbal commitment to Nebraska last night. Carter comes to the Cornhuskers from Chaffey Community College in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. The same school produced another Nebraska commit in defensive back Daimion Stafford.

The Cornhuskers have welcomed several prospects to the campus in Lincoln already and look to continue on into the weekend.

Wide receiver Robert Lockhart and defensive tackle Todd Peat, Jr. both traveled mid-week. Peat, Jr. had an offer in hand before arriving while Lockhart had one walking out the door.

This weekend, Nebraska welcomes offensive/defensive line prospect Akeem Gonzales along with kicker Mauro Bondi, currently a Wake Forest commit. Dion Bass, a defensive back currently committed to Idaho rounds out the known visits.

Bass attended Centennial High School in Corona, Calif. The same school that produced current Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez.

Pickerington, Ohio’s Darien Bryant would provide the Cornhuskers with a badly-needed tight end prospect. It certainly helps that Bryant is near several Nebraska staff members’ old stomping grounds.

Might he be a “Signing Day Surprise?”

One thing is for sure as of right now.

Nebraska’s closers are hard on the trail including head coach Bo Pelini himself. The head man only gets one visit per prospect, so he has to make them count.

Just what do the Cornhuskers have up their sleeves for National Signing Day?

Stay tuned.

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