Nebraska will compete in the Big Ten next season for the first time. The switching of conferences also means a shift in recruiting philosophy for the Huskers.
Special teams coordinator / defensive line coach / recruiting coordinator John Papuchis says the Huskers are putting a greater emphasis on the states of Ohio and Florida.
The Big Ten has tie-ins with bowls in the state of Florida.
Papuchis told Brian Christopherson of Husker Extra, "We don't recruit individually. We recruit as a team. So guys I'm recruiting, everybody is recruiting. Guys that Coach (Barney) Cotton is recruiting, we're all recruiting."
"The way I see it is, my No. 1 responsibility is to kind of create a vision for the staff along with Bo in terms of the direction we're going to go with each recruiting class and overall philosophy."
According to Rivals, Nebraska currently has just one commitment. Other Big Ten programs like Michigan (8), Ohio State (6), Penn State (6), Wisconsin (4) appear to have taken a more aggressive approach early in this year’s recruiting process. Each of those schools has received multiple commitments thus far.
Papuchis maintains that Nebraska will recruit nationally.
The 2011 schedule for the Huskers shapes up with three consecutive non-conference home games to start the season. Nebraska will host Chattanooga, Fresno State, and Washington.
After a trip to Wyoming, the Huskers will open Big Ten play at Wisconsin, then host Ohio State.
A pair of tickets to the Ohio State game are available on StubHub for $695 each (sideline 40-yard line) or $320 each (corner endzone). In case you and a friend have an extra $2824, you can grab 2 club level seat near the 35-yard line.