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  1. omg
    March 16, 2009 @ 10:45 am

    If this past class A hoops final was any indication of the talent level of the nebraska kids, then don’t sign any of them. I thought I was watching class B 9th graders play. That exhibition set basketball back 25 years. Are you kidding me?

    • Crusher
      March 16, 2009 @ 6:19 pm

      Now, now omg

      Didn’t you read the paper?–After the game the refs couldn’t believe what they just witnessed, so they checked the balls they were using and found out they were too big and the rims were the wrong size (too small). Unfortunately, since both teams played with the same disadvantage, there will be no replay and the score stands.

  2. Drew
    March 16, 2009 @ 1:05 pm

    While the Huskers’ recruiting strategy may be a detriment to Nebraska kids’ ability to get a Division I scholarship coming out of high school, I do believe it’s a shrewd strategy. Primarily, it allows them to go after the nation’s best while simultaneously relying on Nebraska kids’ love of the “N” and their willingness to walk on to achieve their dream of playing for the Huskers.

    As recruiter extraordinaire Ed Orgeron would say, the Huskers need to “get in the boat” by offering the top kids around the country; but there’s no urgency to “buy the boat” by offering so many in-state kids, namely because the Husker coaching staff knows those kids will come anyway. They needed to get “in the boat” a bit with Andrew Rodriguez because, as a non-Nebraskan, he wasn’t a shoe-in to choose the Huskers over many other offers he was likely to get.

    Because so many Nebraska kids are willing to walk on at UNL, it may actually deter other programs from establishing much of a recruiting presence in the state. That definitely hurts the Nebraska kids. Then again, Nebraska’s unwillingness to offer scholarships to in-state kids may eventually, as you say, give other programs an “in” to steal kids away with offers.

    • Crusher
      March 16, 2009 @ 6:09 pm

      Yep, all we can do at this point is sit back and see how it unfolds. The bottom line right now is Nebraska kids need to realize they ain’t gettin’ any slack from this staff.
      Either you fit or you don’t. And you better be wearing red all day every day and think nothin’ but Husker if you want a scholarship–that is the profile–just look at the two Nebraska players Pelini did choose. So there is your clue prospects–get shopping for red and Husker gear!!!

  3. jugular
    March 24, 2009 @ 8:51 pm

    wow crusher, can you say bitter? your son wasn’t good enough to get a scholarship to NU. I don’t think it had anything to do with how much red he wore. lame excuse

    • Crusher
      March 25, 2009 @ 1:27 am


      The article had nothing to do with my son. I just laid out exactly what Pelini and company are doing. I don’t know if it will work or not–but it is their startegy.
      Nebraska kids need to understand there is no longer any gray area when it comes to recruiting instate kids–they are not going to take 4 or 5 instate kids just to make it look good–either you fit their plan or you don’t. I have no ill fellings toward Nebraska for not giving Eric a scholarhip. In fact, after having visited with Carl Pelini and observing him over this past year–he is definitely among the top college coaches in the country, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get a head coaching spot in the near future–Carl Pelini is a very impressive man.

  4. redman
    April 15, 2009 @ 10:56 pm

    After seeing the way the nebraska recruiting has unfolded i wont be suprised if lots of todays kids leave the state. stephon washington is talking of going to camp at USC, chris lucido went to a jr day at ucla, the prep kid went to northwestern and vanderbilt and i dont think has been down to nebraska once. dudzik from skutt doesnt seem to show much interest. i wont be suprised if all the 2010 talent leaves and does very well wherever they end up. that is if they get much intrest from anyone else because the huskers fail to recognize them. even coleman doesnt have an offer from the huskers and hes supposed to be a legend

    • Crusher
      April 16, 2009 @ 12:41 am

      redman, It’s dangerous what Pelini is doing–that’s why i wrote the article. The worse things that can happen is for the in-state high school kids to feel unappreciated. But that is exactly what is taking place–I hear it from the players and coaches. It’s Pelini’s decision to make–he will have to live with whatever the outcome will be. But if you really think about it: If he wins using this strategy–he will still lose his base–Nebraska HS football players. In the long run, I don’t see how it can work. Short term he has a chance for success. He will need to get by next season–which could be troubling based on reports I’m getting. It really bothers me when players tell me how good some other D-1 school treated them on a visit vs their dealings with NU.

  5. ethan
    April 23, 2009 @ 8:48 am

    crusher you have everything wrong! You are talking about your son having a bad time at nebraska and all that your son was not good and you think why bo only picked 2 in state players is cause they know what it takes and were the best bet just because you say they are D1 dont mean anything you need to get your facts right before you start harping

    • Crusher
      April 24, 2009 @ 6:03 am


      My opinion has absolutely nothing to do with my son. My son had a great experience with the Husker coaching staff. As for myself, After visiting with Carl Pelini–my son’s would be position coach–and watching him in action–I think he is one of the best coaches in the country.

      The statements I presented in the article are based on the Husker staff’s own words and what they have done–on record. It is what it is, man. Pelini and company are doing what they think will win championships. Will they be right? Only time will tell. My whole point in the argument is that people are beginning to feel uncomfortable–no–upset at what the Huskers are doing. For the Record–I’m not a Husker fan (I’m not a hater either)–I was not born here and did not play college ball here. So I don’t look at everything the Huskers do as a fan. But the folks that are truly disgruntled about what is going on here are born-here-Husker fans–coaches, parents and high school players. It’s dangerous when a program like the Huskers–the only D-1 school in the state–seems to be turning away from the state’s high school kids. Only two Nebraska scholarship kids in any year is not a good sign–especially when itis your first full recruiting cycle. And to top it off you only have 1 in-state 2010 offer so far–these are the facts. I’m just voicing out loud and to the public what some –Nebraska fans– are saying to me and amongst themselves. They don’t like it! I don’t blame them. As a Nebraska resident–it bothers me. And as a fan of Nebraska high school athletes-I don’t like it either.

  6. jugular
    April 27, 2009 @ 9:52 pm

    So Crusher, who in our opinion should have received scholarships last year from the state of Nebraska? And who from NU’s entire commit list should not have received one? Because if you are going to say that more offers should have been made you obviously have an idea. Sellers is about the only one I can think of. Any others? Obviously you think highly of Lechener since you had him ranked #2 in the state but NU wasn’t the only one that yanked an offer there. Two years ago, in Pelini’s first class, they had 6 kids from NE get scholarships.

    It appears this year is a unique year in that we don’t have a lot of scholarships to give due to the large amount of JUCO’s that Callahan liked to recruit. It appears that they have not offered the sheer number of players that they did at this same point last year for that reason. I would guess camp will be very important for kids to showcase their skills.

    • Crusher
      April 28, 2009 @ 7:33 am


      The point I’m trying to make is that 2 scholarships is too few: Pelini’s first full year of recruiting was this past year–the six nebraskans offered the previous year were Callahan recruits. The top 4 recruits form last year that I think could have been given a shot are Sellers, Kildow, Davis, and Lechner. At least two from this list should have been offered. As for who they should have not offered–no one. The Huskers had scholarships to spare but chose not to use them based on their strategy.

  7. jugular
    April 28, 2009 @ 12:29 pm

    So, please share why Kildow, Davis & Lechner should have received offers? Kildow may have received one had he not had the unfortunate injury. But you can’t give one to a kid that you don’t know is going to even be able to get back to 100%–especially when his game is speed/quickness. Lechner obviously did not impress other coaches either…with offers revoked from Wisconsin and possibly NU. I don’t know that he ever got an “offer” from NU but he did commit to Wiscy. They obviously didn’t like something. And Davis had only the offer from Ohio correct? Maybe Buffalo? Where are the offers from KSU, ISU, or even North Dakota St?

  8. jugular
    April 28, 2009 @ 12:38 pm

    Actually, Kreikemeier committed to Pelini. Of those other 5, do you really think they wouldn’t have recruited any of them if they had been there the entire year? The only one I can think of that they wouldn’t have recruited was Levorson. Fisher, Okafor, Henry & Baker all would’ve been recruited.

    • Crusher
      April 28, 2009 @ 1:31 pm

      Kreikermeir was recruited specifically by Dr. Tom–before Pelini was named head coach. Kreikermier immediately commited to Dr. Tom. Not one of those Nebraskans was recruited by Pelini! The only players on that list he would have probably taken for sure are Baker and maybe Fisher. I doubt he would have offered that many Nebraska kids. Pelini is here to win championships–I broke down what Pelini is doing in my article using his and his staff’s own words and their track record since taking over. Hey, man it takes balls to do what he is doing and I’m not going to tell you that if I were him I wouldn’t do the same thing. He was with LSU long enough to know what talent level he needs to be at to win a BCS title game. The problem comes down to this–if he is not successful–it will come back to bite him. And even if he is successful it will leave a bitter taste in many mouths to see only one or two Nebraskans offered scholarships every year. But if your goal is to win championships and to move on–then what the heck!

  9. jugular
    April 28, 2009 @ 6:45 pm

    “Maybe Fisher”? You’ve got to be kidding me. There is no doubt that kid would’ve had an offer from NU. He was a freak his senior year. On top of that, he had something that none of the kids you thought they should take last year had–big time offers. Lechner didn’t have much for offers, Kildow had none and Davis had Ohio. I think Okafor would’ve had an offer as well…reason being is that if they didn’t “want” him, they wouldn’t have recruited him very hard after Pelini was named HC. You know as well as I do that if they don’t want a kid that has been offered, they will cool on them. They had to basically “re-recruit” Collins since he had offers from Stanford and KU. As for Henry, you never know with JUCO OL. So I will give you that one.

    • Crusher
      April 29, 2009 @ 6:17 am


      Don’t take the “maybe” part so litreral. Fisher was an elite HS player. He deserved those big time offers too. He was my favorite recruit from that class more than Baker–that does not mean he was better than everyone else–I just liked his style of play–he was a true play’a.
      However, It’s a different game once you are in college. But nevermind all that–What about your Kreikermeir statement–“He committed to Pelini” He was Dr. Tom’s way of making a statement–smart move!

  10. jugular
    May 2, 2009 @ 7:42 am

    I guess when I read “maybe” I take that as meaning you didn’t necessarily think he would’ve received a scholarship offer.

    As for Kreikemeier…I’ll reserve judgement on that for a couple years. The kid didn’t look too bad in the Spring Game and that is coming off of major surgery. Maybe you took my “committed to Pelini” to literal as well. He sure didn’t commit to Callahan and I’ll probably go with Dr Tom and his analysis. No offense, but he might know a little more than you or I. Plus, I’ll just go out on a limb and say that TO probably discussed with Pelini prior to the offer.

    Here’s a question for you…where did you have Daryle Hawkins ranked prior to him receiving his offer from Oregon last season?

    • Crusher
      May 2, 2009 @ 11:01 am


      Good stuff. but I don’t see how Dr. Tom could have consulted with Pelini about Kreikermeir–He hadn’t even been interviewed for the job yet. It was one of Dr. Tom’s first acts after firing Callahan. Lot of folks laughed at the pick–I was not one of them, after I saw the kids video–I even commented as such on Huskerland Preps message board.

      I was high on Hawkins before the start of the season–I had hm among the Top ten athletes that did not have a D-! offer yet. However, after I saw his early season performances and after he got hurt early on–I dropped him from the board. But you never know. That’s why I recommend that kids attend as many camps as they can to build rapport with coaching staffs. Hawkins’ summer trip out to Oregon paid huge in the end. And the fact that former Husker Scott Frost was recruiting Hawkins to play at Northern Iowa was icing on the cake—Frost was hired by Oregon–soon after Hawkins is offered. Hawkins is a very good athlete that was fortunate that he played the right cards.

      In his case there is no such thing as luck–he prepared himself to receive, first.

  11. jugular
    May 4, 2009 @ 9:08 pm

    Actually, Kreikemeier was offered the day Pelini was hired…right after the press conference.

    I guess my question regarding Hawkins is why you moved him up to #6 after his offer from Oregon? Are the rankings based on offers or what you think their talent level is? Thanks!

    • Crusher
      May 4, 2009 @ 10:10 pm

      The Post Signing Day rankings are a reflection of the prospect’s talent and what school(s) made offers and where they committed to. If I made the post signing day ranking solely on what I thought a prospect talent was the list would be completely different. But a D-1 offer holds a lot of weight. Just like a D1AA offer holds more weight than a DII offer. The rankings prior to Signing Day were more a reflection of what I thought a prospect’s talent was. The Post Signing Day Rankings is the bottom line–who did the college coaches bet on with their school’s dollars.

  12. jugular
    May 7, 2009 @ 6:15 am

    OK, I can live with that reasoning…that definitely makes sense. I was just curious how you did your rankings. With that said, I’d put Garrett Bruhn a little higher on your list though. NDSU is one of the top 10 programs in I-AA.

    You didn’t respond regarding Kreikemeier…is there other information out there that you are aware of that is different than what Micah was quoted as saying? Thanks

    • Crusher
      May 7, 2009 @ 9:50 pm

      All Kreikemeier stated is that Dr. Tom called him one half hour after Pelini’s first press conference. That’s because TO recruited him–well before Pelini came into the picture.
      The main point to all this is that Pelini did not recruit or offer any of the six Nebraska players in that class, Now he did manage to hang on to all of them through signing day.
      Krekemeier is officially recognized as a Pelini’s first recurit only because he accepted an offer from Dr. Tom right after Pelini publicly accepted his position as head coach.
      It was a statement move by Dr. Tom–even the OWH article that addresses this subject hinted on it.

      Again–It is May 8, 2009–the Huskers have about 50 offers out there to ’09 recruits. How many Nebraska kids has he offered? Tick Tock… Tick Tock…. But came we blame him? Pelini has only offered 1 Nebraska kid. That puts him ahead of the 118 other D-1 schools who have not offered any class of 2010 kid from Nebaska. Go figure.

  13. jugular
    May 10, 2009 @ 8:07 am

    It’s pretty obvious from the Rivals article that when TO called him after the presser that it was the first time he talked to Micah directly. Now, I know that in some cases you have to take what Rivals writes with a grain of salt, but in this case the quotes from Micah answer this question.

    If Pelini didn’t want any of those kids, I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t have signed all 6. And as much as you don’t want to admit it, he basically had to recruit those kids again. So, you can spin it how you want so that it “supports” your article and point of view but he did have a role in recruiting them and keeping their commitment. I believe Pelini tried to recruit the Prater twins as well, how hard I don’t know. But they did visit in January AFTER they were offered scholarships in December if my memory serves me correctly.

    As for the 2010 recruits, I am a little surprised that only 1 kid has garnered a scholarship offer right now from any D1 school. NU will have their hands tied this year due to Callahan’s mis-management of recruiting JUCO’s and specific positions. Greyshirts will likely be used. But to me this year appears to be a much better class for the Nebraska kids to gather D1 offers than last year’s weak class. Last year was probably one of the weakest in recent memory–we’ll see if that is true in another 3 or 4 years.

    • Crusher
      May 10, 2009 @ 5:46 pm


      You started this whole thing off by implying that Pelini was responsible for recruiting and offering all six class of ’08 Nebraska HS prospects—I pointed out the error. Then you come back with Pelini was responsible for the Kreikemeier offer—I pointed out that Dr. Tom offered Kreikemeier. Yet, you still try to make it seem like Pelini recruited him. Read this SI..som article titled Nebraska Lost, Nebraska Found it explains the whole thing: Callahan’s staff recruited him first—Dr. Tom as interim AD/head coach became aware of Kreikemeier in November of ’07. Pelini was not hired until December ’07. That’s why Dr. Tom–not Pelini–offered Kreikemeier, because he recruited him. Athletic Directors do not make scholarship offers unless there is more to the story—read that great article, it breaks down the significance of the Kreikemeier offer. Hint: the article’s title explains a lot.

      Are you related to Pelini or what? Man, I’m not slamming on the guy. I understand what he is doing. I just don’t agree with it. But it is his team and his job. Besides I dont see him as a long term guy.

      Pelini is head coach of a storied football program in difficult times that is geographically inhospitable to drawing large numbers of top- recruits. Many of the nations top coaches would not even consider coaching at Nebraska just because of the recruiting nightmare. Pelini is young and is he is not from Nebraska. He is an ex-Buckeye and has coached at LSU and OU. And if he has some success at NU his name will surface every time a big-time program has an opening. What do you think he would do if the LSU or OSU job came open? Of course if he fails to live up to expectations here he won’t be around long either. Yep, I could be wrong but I do not see Pelini being at Nebraska long-term at least not in the sense of Osborne.

      You use the ’09 class’ “weakness” to explain why Pelini did not offer more. Well, as I pointed out that “weak” ’09 class had 11 offers as of the same time last year versus only 1 from the ’10 class. But you claim this ’10 class is better? You say you are “surprised” there have not been more players from this class offered.

      Pelini needs talent to beat the Texas, Florida, Oklahoma and USC type programs and yet at the same time that he he needs more talent, the level of high school play in his home state is not keeping up with the nation’s best—it’s falling backwards! Therefore, “Nebraska lost, Nebraska Found” becomes—if you want to walk-on.

      I have lived in Nebraska since ’94 and I’ve never seen anything even close to only 1 D-1 offer by this time in the recruiting cycle.

      No! There is something more going on here that I’ve been trying to illustrate: Nebraska HS players are losing ground—BIG TIME to the South. All the numbers keep pointing to the same conclusion—the kind of players you need to win BCS titles are in the South and that is exactly where major programs are flocking to fill thier rosters.

      This is a trend not bad classes!

      Good HS football players are no longer in vogue—fast, quick athletic players that can play football are! This concept seems to be very slow to catch on in Nebraska.

      The spread offense and the continued proliferation of the passing game have dramatically changed the college game—you can’t be successful at the next level if you can’t move—fast.

      Yet, we still have some of the top HS football programs in Nebraska running veer and option football, and many programs emphasizing size and strength over speed and quickness.

      Until more Nebraska HS football programs incorporate how the game is being played at the next level into their styles, techniques, training and conditioning programs, the trend of low D-1 offers will continue into the foreseeable future.

      This is a wake up call

  14. jugular
    May 10, 2009 @ 9:00 pm

    Nice try, Crusher. I did not once say that Pelini initially offered all 6. Please show me where I said he offered all 6? I said he had to recruit them again since he was not the coach that initially offered them. Those kids were going to be skeptical…it’s natural instinct. Look at it this way…if you were hired for a job by one person and then that person left the company, you would wonder about your position there. Same with these kids. So, Pelini & Co have to “re-recruit” these kids. And if they don’t want them, they would still honor the scholarship but maybe just not recruit them that hard.

    Just curious, who were the 11 offers at this time last year?

  15. jugular
    May 10, 2009 @ 9:02 pm

    And I do agree with you in regards to Nebraska high school football in regards to conditioning, offenses, etc. It’s poor. Unfortunately, it’s that way in basketball as well. Please get a shot clock in hoops!

  16. jugular
    May 12, 2009 @ 7:43 pm

    Crusher…who did Koehlmoos have an offer from that was revoked? Was it Wyoming? Also, was Lechner’s offer revoked by both NU & Wiscy?

    Also curious, when did your son receive his offer from USD? Did he camp there? Basically just curious how they found out about him.

    • Crusher
      May 13, 2009 @ 1:05 pm

      Koehlmoos got injured his senior year and Wyoming got a new head coach that didn’t want to honor the former coach’s offer to him.

      Lechner supposedly had a Husker and a Badger offer. Both mysterioulsly vanised after his Husker summer camp. Some say it was his camp performance, some say it was his grades and some say he may never of had the offers–only the Husker and the Badger coaches could tell us for sure.

      Cummings only went to one camp–Nebraska, USD found out about him the same way they find out about anyone–they were not the only D-1AA school to offer him and Nebraska wanted him to walk-on. He really liked Carl Pelini but he decided USD was the best way to go for him.

  17. jugular
    May 14, 2009 @ 9:39 pm

    Did I hear that USD got into the same conference as NDSU and SDSU? If so, that’s fantastic. Very good conference…plus, should be good for you to travel to games. How many years until USD is playoff eligible?

    • Crusher
      May 15, 2009 @ 3:01 pm

      Yep, they play in the Great West Conference and will be eligible for playoffs two years from this season.

  18. mbt lami
    June 15, 2010 @ 4:13 am

    I like the way you’ve focused in on each bit. Lots of smiling, appreciated bodies here today.