Mike Riley's biggest challenge as Nebraska's football coach will likely be figuring out how to draw elite talent to Lincoln, Neb. Nebraska isn't a state blessed with high school talent, so most of the Huskers' recruiting has to be done nationally. That's proved to be somewhat difficult for the Big Ten program since the turn of the century.
The 61-year-old coach understands this.
So, Riley recently spent an entire week interviewing his Nebraska players one-on-one, attempting to find out why the chose the Huskers, to help his recruiting ability of future prospects.
">May 15, 2015
Mike Riley recently sat down for a one-on-one meeting with every single one of the players on Nebraska’s roster for about 15 minutes a piece – all 120 of them. When it was all said and done, it took about a week and provided some really valuable insight to the man that Nebraska tabbed to lead ther program.
Those one-on-one meetings consisted of conversation ranging from everything from the customary ‘How are things going?’ questions, to some deeper questions aimed at ultimately helping Riley recruit future prospects to Lincoln. Questions like how they decided to commit to Nebraska? And why they chose the Huskers over other programs?
Riley has gotten off to a decent recruiting start with the Huskers. Nebraska has five commitments in the 2016 class and is expected to land a commitment from four-star defensive end Quayshon Alexander next week.
If the Huskers want to compete with Ohio State and Michigan State in the Big Ten, their recruiting will likely need to improve. Riley seems to be on track to make that happen.