For 45 minutes Wednesday morning, the two men in charge of Nebraska's recruiting department — key architects of NU's strategy and vision going forward — sat down with reporters.
Andy Vaughn: The director of football and recruiting operations.
Ryan Gunderson: The director of player personnel.
They're relatively young guys — Vaughn's 33 years old; Gunderson's 29, ending his Oregon State playing career in 2007. But they've each spent most of their professional lives doing exactly what they've been hired to accomplish at Nebraska: manage recruiting. Plus, they're energetic and engaging, certainly thrilled that they're at a place with seemingly endless resources but also still motivated to push the envelope.
They like to think that they complement each other well. Gunderson, for example, indicated he'll sometimes get lost in the idea-creation process (thinking big), while Vaughn, the more detail-oriented of the two, figures out the logistics.
Ultimately, they made a good impression Wednesday as two of the Huskers' most important behind-the-curtain guys — though part of the purpose behind the conversation with reporters was to convey their preference to keep fans informed.
"We want to share what we're doing," Gunderson said. "And I think you see that on social media a little bit. We're not trying to just lock the door and close the blinds. We know that what we're doing, people are interested in, and it's fun, and it's exciting."
They unveiled ideas for the future: creating recruiting zones within the 500-mile radius around NU's campus and participating in satellite camps outside that circle.
They chatted the importance of walk-ons, social media, technology, etc.
Pretty much everything. We'll post blogs on some of the noteworthy topics as Wednesday unfolds. So check back here for more.