Nebraska Football Recruiting: Will Move to Big Ten Hurt Huskers' Texas Pipeline?

Brandon Cavanaugh@ IFebruary 14, 2011

So long, Big 12.

Nebraska's official move to the Big Ten is on July 1, but if fan sentiment is any indication, the Cornhuskers are already making themselves comfortable as members.

Encyclopedias are being rifled through regarding traditions of the Big Ten. Plans are being devised on how fans will jam their traveling hordes into every new opposing stadium.

If there is a bleeding-edge facility 50 feet underground somewhere in Lincoln studying the movements of every returning Big Ten football player, it would come as no surprise.

With both a conference switch and new hires, there is a topic worth revisiting that's crucial to the Cornhuskers' success.

Will Nebraska still be able to successfully recruit in the state of Texas?

Cornhusker fans are no doubt very familiar with incoming recruits Jamal Turner and Aaron Green. Both are natives of the Lone Star State. They’re coming compliments of Tim Beck. In Green’s case, Ron Brown lent a helping hand.

Offensive lineman Givens Mordi Price calls Houston home. Credit Beck again, as no coach on the Nebraska roster has more ties to the city.

Looking back one year, Beck’s name appears repeatedly. Brown and John Papuchis, both remaining members of Pelini’s staff, also are responsible for success within the state.

Since Bo Pelini took over as head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 89 recruits have been signed. Twenty of those were from Texas comprising about 22 percent of all recruits signed.

Ron Brown, John Papuchis and Barney Cotton have all chipped in, but half of those 20 Texans were signed, sealed and delivered by Beck.

Nebraska doesn’t show any sign of slowing down with double-digit offers already made to Lone Star prospects for this cycle.

While it may be tempting for some prospects to remain in the Big 12 due the home state-heavy conference slate, the Cornhuskers hold some trump cards.

Nebraska has a somewhat easier road to the BCS by being in a conference that has a championship game. This allows the Cornhuskers some leeway should they pick up a loss in their division.

Some recruits love to be in the spotlight. Unless they choose to be a Longhorn, that’s not likely to happen nearly as much in the Big 12.

The Cornhuskers will be featured prominently on the Big Ten Network. In years past, games early on Nebraska's schedule were often relegated to pay-per-view status due to contracted Big 12 networks not picking up the contests. The Huskers don’t have to worry about that anymore with the Big Ten’s multiple media outlets.

Another key point of contention is stability. It’s all well and good that Texas is a member of the Big 12 now, but what happens if/when the conference crumbles? Will the Longhorns go independent and play whomever they want? If so, a guaranteed yearly in-state schedule goes up in smoke.

Nebraska doesn’t have to worry about that. The Cornhuskers are going to be members of the nation’s oldest, and perhaps most stable conference. The Big Ten is also putting in framework to pump millions into each member school on a yearly basis.

How many of the remaining Big 12 schools are penciling such plans into their calendars?

Nebraska will be able to recruit Texas and have plenty of success, as its former conference will likely be scrambling to remain a cohesive unit.

Should the Big 12 crumble, the Cornhuskers will be leading the mob ready to start cherry-picking the state's best and brightest.

Offseason? What offseason?

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