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Riley on recruiting and spreading wings

Riley on recruiting and spreading wings

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Husker head coach Mike Riley was on a couple national radio shows on Monday -- Tim Brando's and Jim Rome's -- discussing a variety of subjects.

But let's make this space about recruiting since that's been a focal point since Riley took over this job 10 days ago.

Riley has been all over the map the past week trying to keep the class Bo Pelini and staff had going intact. As Riley pointed out on the Tim Brando Show on SiriusXM, he's been everywhere from Denver to Missouri to Atlanta to New Orleans in just the past few days.

What's Riley think of the national recruiting approach Nebraska has going?

"I think you do have to have an identity somewhere, but it's kind of nice to spread your wings out a little bit," Riley told Brando. "I think there is a lot to sell with the Big Ten and I think there is a lot to sell that there's a great tradition and history here."

Remember, Riley is used to flying a ways for talent. He was known at Oregon State for taking his share of players from not just California, but also by making that long trek to Texas.

He plucked Oregon State's career all-purpose yards leader James Rodgers out of Richmond, Texas. Then Riley got his talented brother Jacquizz, who now plays running back for the Falcons, to come to Corvallis.

“The first thing I asked him: Will I be redshirting?’ He just told me to come in ready to play," James Rodgers told the Journal Star. "And another thing, he’s a man of his word. I asked him, ‘Will you be recruiting any other guys from Texas?’ And he did.”

Oregon State's current class has five players commited from the Lone Star State. It also has two commits from Florida. And linebacker Tyrin Ferguson, who recently flipped from Oregon State to Nebraska after Riley and linebackers coach Trent Bray made the move, is from New Orleans.

It'll be interesting, after Riley has a full staff and gets through this signing day, to see what kind of a recruiting map they tack on the wall with Lincoln now the home base.

Reach the writer at bchristopherson@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.

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