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Kenny Wilhite has been a key cog behind the scenes for Husker recruiting the past two years.

The former Nebraska defensive back steps into the forefront even more now, taking over as the program's director of high school relations. It's a job with a focus on walk-on recruiting and serving as a liaison to pro scouts.

The position opened when Chris Brasfield, who held the job last year, received a promotion of his own to associate athletic director for student-athlete recruitment and experience. Brasfield's new role will have him working with all sports in recruiting.

As for Wilhite, he's been part of Husker recruiting since the spring of 2014, when he was hired as a regional recruiting assistant for the program. Coach Mike Riley praised Wilhite for his help during the coaching transition that winter, keeping him on staff and promoting him to associate director of player personnel last March.

Wilhite played for Tom Osborne and earned All-Big Eight honors in 1991.

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Concerning Wilhite's new role, Riley last year described the position as one that has many layers.

Most notably, "he can't be a guy that goes out recruiting, but he can be the organizer, he can be the guy that has the greatest handle on all the prospects in Nebraska," Riley said then.

It's a "really, really important" position to the coach.

"We want this guy to be the expert," Riley said. "So when we have that meeting about local recruits, he knows the top 20 guys in Nebraska. He knows the guys we're going to offer. He knows the top guys we want to walk on so we don't miss anything."

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

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