Coach Mike Riley met with reporters for about 45 minutes Wednesday afternoon to discuss the 21-player recruiting class.
What stands out about all these signees?
"We've got production here. Good football players with production," Riley said.
Riley and his coaches evaluated each recruit extensively. They had their own assessments about what each player could be. It was nice to see them live up to some of those expectations while playing for their respective high schools this fall, Riley said.
"Talent is one thing," Riley said. "Production is another."
We'll have plenty more from Riley. For now, a few recruiting-related notes are below:
>> Riley said he and the staff will tweak their process a bit going forward. One example: They plan to start evaluating recruits' highlight tapes on Monday. He said the next 20 working days are critical. "(You want to) pick that active group of guys that you're going to recruit," Riley said. "We've got to know those names as soon as possible — because those relationships are there waiting to be built, so you can get them."
>> Riley said NU had a player ready to pursue after target Dez Fitzpatrick (a silent commit) dropped the Huskers and committed to Louisville two days before signing day. But Riley indicated that Nebraska didn't do enough work during January to prepare itself for the possibility of a late flip by Fitzpatrick.
>> Another adjustment: Getting recruits on campus earlier. Particularly those within this region, the guys who can drive to Lincoln.
>> In regard to offensive tackle Matt Farniok, Riley said the Huskers knew the recruiting process would go down to the end. Farniok indicated that he wouldn't be making a final decision until closer to signing day. Riley's only request? "I wanted the last bat," Riley said. His in-home visit would be the last. It paid off — because Farniok committed that night.
>> No signees from Texas isn't OK, Riley said. He wants to keep recruiting that state. Said Riley: "We want to be relevant in Texas, for sure."
>> Nebraska's roster isn't yet constructed the way Riley wants it to be — there are some positions that need more numbers and some that have too many. But NU's getting closer, Riley said. As far as this class, Riley thought the Huskers addressed needs at linebacker, offensive line and receiver.
>> Riley was asked about the new fad of recruits using videos to reveal their college choice (like defensive back Lamar Jackson). "I like it when they put the right hat on," Riley said.
>> Riley on offering tight end Norfolk Catholic David Engelhaupt Monday night: "It was a last-minute offer, but it was not a last-minute thought."
>> "Come here ready to play. ... Don't come ready to redshirt." That's Riley's message to all recruits.
He did say that Jackson looks physically able to step into an immediate contributing role.
>> Riley said defensive back JoJo Domann "is a bullet."