Signing day is a chance for fans to peek into the future and imagine what their team will be like in the years down the road. A national hope holiday, as Tom Shatel writes.
The Huskers are no exception. It’s a day filled with numbers of note — how many players signed (and when), stats about height and weight, class rankings and walk-on counts.
Here’s a list of some of the more fun statistics you may have missed on signing day:
1,000,049: Amount, in dollars, Nebraska has budgeted for recruiting during the 2015-16 fiscal year. That number has doubled in the last five years.
100,000: In dollars, the raise that wide receivers coach Keith Williams received for 2016. Linebackers coach Trent Bray received a $50,000 raise.
1983: The year that Scott Raridon started at right tackle for the Huskers. His son, John Raridon, is a member of the 2016 signing class.
1,408: The number of miles DiCaprio Bootle will travel from Miami to Lincoln, the farthest distance of any signee.
727: The average distance, in miles, that the 2016 signing class will travel to get to Lincoln.
600: The approximate number of attendees for the Huskers' Big Red Bash event celebrating the 2016 signing class.
494: The number of days between when Bryan Brokop committed to and signed with the Huskers, most of any signee.
300: In pounds, the heaviest recruit in the 2016 class — Matt Farniok.
81: Lamar Jackson's overall ranking nationally, according to the 247sports composite, the highest of any member of the 2016 class.
78: In inches, the tallest recruit in the 2016 class — Farniok.
69: In inches, the shortest recruit in the 2016 class — Spielman.
42.9: In yards, the average distance per punt in 2015 by JoJo Domann, who'll be a safety for the Huskers.
25: The Huskers' average ranking for its recruiting class. NU was ranked in the top 25 by two of the four major services.
23: The number of miles Ben Stille will travel from Ashland to Lincoln, the shortest distance of any signee.
21: The total number of scholarship players signed as part of the 2016 class.
11: The number of touchdowns transfer quarterback Tanner Lee threw for Tulane in 2015.
11: The number of pizzas fans had delivered to the Huskers' football offices the day after signing day.
10: The number of players NU signed from within the treasured 500-mile radius.
9: The number of preferred walk-ons NU announced on signing day.
6.4: The amount of snow, in inches, that fell on Lincoln the day before signing day, according to the National Weather Service.
6: The number of players NU has signed from California in Mike Riley's two recruiting classes, including four in 2016.
5: The spot where NU landed in Sam McKewon's Big Ten recruiting class rankings.
4.3: Bootle's reported time, in seconds, for the 40-yard dash he ran at the Huskers' satellite camp in Miami. That speed earned him an offer the next day.
4: The number of four-star defensive backs the Huskers have signed in the last two recruiting classes.
2: The number of players in the Huskers' 2016 class — Brokop and Raridon — that originally committed to Bo Pelini and his staff.
0: The number of players NU signed from Texas in 2016, the first time the Huskers went without a signee from that state since 1983.