The new man in charge of Nebraska's secondary should know a thing or two about discipline and is said to have some solid recruiting ties to the southeast.

The rest will take some time to learn, but it's safe to say Charlton Warren had himself a pretty good 37th birthday on Friday when he was officially announced as the defensive backs coach for the Huskers.

Nebraska fans can hope the carousel of secondary coaches stops spinning with Warren, the man Husker coach Bo Pelini tabbed to be the program's fourth defensive backs coach in five years, replacing Terry Joseph, who replaced Corey Raymond, who replaced Marvin Sanders.

"I appreciate the opportunity, and the faith Coach Pelini and his staff have shown by adding me to the staff and now it's time to get to work," Warren said in a statement.

He wasn't lying about that last part.

Warren was already pounding the recruiting pavement for Nebraska on Friday, making his first in-home visit to see Kweishi Brown, a cornerback from Grossmont (Calif.) Community College. 

And by late afternoon, Warren was already making his first connection with Husker fans via his Twitter account -- @CoachCwarren.

While recruiting for Nebraska will bring a different set of recruiting challenges, Warren has been said to command a strong presence with recruits at his previous job, with particular success plucking prospects out of his home state of Georgia.

“He is well respected in the coaching profession and he has been a part of several successful defenses at Air Force," Pelini said. "Charlton has great energy and will be an outstanding teacher and mentor for our defensive backs. We look forward to him hitting the ground running, both in working with the young men in our program and on the recruiting trail.”

A native of Atlanta, Warren has spent the last nine years as an assistant coach at the Air Force Academy, where he also played.

You might find some insight into his personality by looking back at his playing days. Warren was given the "Mr. Intensity Award" as a senior at the Academy.

More insight might come from an interview Warren did with the Denver Post in 2012 after being named Air Force's defensive coordinator. It was there that the coach said his M.O. was to "basically play with an attack mentality."

A 1999 graduate from Air Force, he earned his bachelor's degree in human factors engineering and was also a three-year football letterman as a defensive back.

As a player, the team won two consecutive 10-win seasons for the first time in school history in 1997-98 and the only outright conference title in 1998.

As a coach for the Falcons, Warren has worn several different hats, serving as an associate head coach and defensive coordinator the past two seasons, though he still kept his hands on the secondary.

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Prior to 2012, he worked as the team's defensive backs coach and was the recruiting coordinator for six years.

Warren is coming off a tough season as a coordinator, with Air Force finishing the year 2-10 and ranked 116th nationally in defense. But as a defensive backs coach, the Falcons posted some impressive numbers in recent years.

They ranked third nationally in pass defense in 2012 and second in pass defense in 2010. And in 2009, they ranked fifth nationally against the pass and also recorded 20 interceptions, helping the team go plus-22 in turnover margin.

Working from 2007-09 alongside defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter, who is now the head coach at Fresno State, Air Force's aggressive defense put a premium on getting takeaways.

While Air Force had a bad year in 2013 when it comes to turnover margin, finishing 87th nationally, the Falcons were plus-50 in turnovers from 2008-12.

That is a stat that no doubt comes of some interest around here, where Nebraska's defense is trying to find ways to get more takeaways, after finishing the year ranked 119th in turnover margin and having just one takeaway in the final seven regular-season games.

Warren's salary at Nebraska is not yet known but he was making $210,000 last year at Air Force. Joseph was making a base salary of $245,000 as the Huskers' defensive backs coach in 2013.

The first year in Lincoln presents a formidable test for Warren. While Nebraska seems stocked with some talent at safety with Corey Cooper and LeRoy Alexander returning among others, there is questions at the cornerback spot, where depth needs to be built.

Senior Josh Mitchell is a likely answer at one corner, but NU will need to find others and a reliable nickel back to replace Ciante Evans.

But most important in the weeks ahead will be Warren helping keep the defensive backs recruits Nebraska has in this recruiting class, like Trai Mosley, and adding some others before the Feb. 5 national signing date.

Mosley, the commit from Pflugerville, Texas, received a phone call from Warren on Friday. The new coach apparently made a strong first impression.

"He said he loved my film and he couldn't wait to get his hands on me," Mosley told HuskerOnline.com. "I can't wait to work with him. It was great to hear. I can't wait."

Perhaps Warren didn't have time to blow out the candles, but he seemed to be relishing this birthday on the road, traveling around wearing a new logo.

His words suggested an eagerness to take on the challenge that awaits.

“Nebraska football has a rich tradition and history and I can't wait to have a chance to lead and work with the current group of players on this team," Warren said. "I am also big-time excited to hit the recruiting trail and start closing in and meeting the future players who want to join this program and do tremendous things in Lincoln."

Reach Brian Christopherson at bchristopherson@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. Follow him on Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.


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