LINCOLN — Harrison Phillips thinks it might have been a coincidence. He's clear about this. Nebraska had asked him to call a few days prior, but he just hadn't found the chance.
But as soon as the 6-foot-4, 250-pounder announced on Twitter Saturday that he'd received, after a full week of camp, an offer from Stanford, NU coaches started sending Facebook messages. Barney Cotton, Rick Kaczenski, John Papuchis and Bo Pelini. And they haven't stopped since. The Huskers held out in offering Phillips until watching him in camp. But when Phillips finally reached Pelini Monday night — remember, per NCAA rules Pelini can't call recruits right now, they can only call him — the Husker coach said he was ready to make an exception to a rule.