Kildow to Walk-On To Nebraska: Will Others Follow?

Posted on January 22, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

An Opinion On Nebraka’s Instate Recruiting Strategy

By Will Cummings
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   Ty Kildow, Millard South’s dual sport All-State speedster, has decided to walk-on at Nebraska University. 

   The All-State first team football and baseball player missed his entire senior football season due to freak summer knee injury that required surgery.  Ironically, the incident occurred on the NU campus during a seven-on-seven high school summer league contest.

   There is no doubt that Kildow–who this past summer turned in a blazing 4.39 second 40 yard dash time at a Husker camp–is the most explosive player in Nebraska’s high school class of 2009.  Consequently, he is a huge pick-up for the Huskers.  Especially considering that Kildow has a full ride scholarship on the table from D-1AA North Dakota as well as from several other D-II schools.

Cotton Comes To Omaha For Walk-ons

   Husker coach Barney Cotton has been busy making the rounds this week to various Omaha Nebraska high schools attempting to persuade some high school prospects –who already have offers from other schools–to walk-on at Nebraska.  It looks like Cotton’s work paid off with Kildow.  However, the question is: “With  a little less than two weeks left until the February 4th signing day, will other Nebraska high school players follow Kildow’s lead? 


   My questions are why the Huskers have offered only two scholarships to the Nebraska high school class of  2009 football players? And why should Nebraska parents encourage their young men to walk-on to a program that seems to only be interested in pursuing our kids as–free–fodder for out-of-stat–paid–recruits? 

   If  last year’s thirty-some walk-ons and this homegrown recruiting class’ numbers (or lack thereof) are a blueprint for the future of how Bo Pelini and staff intend to do business in this state– how long  will Nebraskans keep buying it?

Just too many Class of 2009  Nebraska prospects offered D-1 scholarships from other programs that were never offered by the Huskers.

In my opinion, It’s just not a good look.


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Seems like a shrewd way to have your cake and eat it, too. They don’t have to “waste” their scholarships on in-state student-athletes when those student-athletes and their parents are willing to pay their way to go to Lincoln. And as long as Nebraska kids are willing to pay their way to Lincoln, then the Husker staff will continue to encourage it.

If some Nebraska walk-ons eventually make it onto the two-deep roster, then perhaps the pipeline will continue unabated. Kids want to believe they have a chance to play in Husker red. But if few, if any, of them make a dent in the roster, then perhaps the walk-on pipeline will run dry.

Unfortunately, I think the success of the Husker walk-on approach will result in fewer schools coming to Nebraska to recruit. Many may feel its a waste of time if their primary targets are more likely to pay their way to Lincoln. That would be most unfortunate.

Nebraskan’s will buy it as long as it produces results.

This years HS class only has 2 scholarship offers because this years class is very weak. If we wanted to offer 10 kids from Nebraska a scholarship simply because they live in the state we would still have Frank Solich as a coach and be a mediocre football team.

To compete with the top teams around the country we need to recruit top tier talent and have the talent in the state that isn’t top tier talent walk on and play their way onto the field. This isn’t 1970 where we can offer every kid in the state a scholarship AND recruit elsewhere. With only 85 scholarships it just isn’t possible to offer kids who may or may not barely be D1 prospects scholarships and expect to be competitive on a national level.

This coaching staff will offer a scholarship to any kid in Nebraska who warrants one. IMHO this is just a down year for Nebraska talent. We can’t get the job done just handing out scholarships to Nebraska kids for the love of the state. We simply don’t have the recruiting base.

If anything, a kid who has outstanding work ethic and is a little lacking in talent or measurables will probably have a better chance getting a scholarship offer from this staff than a similar kid who is out of state.

All in all I think some years we will have offers out to 10+ kids and others it might only be 4. We have always relied on the walk-on program to give us an advantage other teams do not. It was that way under TO and it is very much the same under Bo.

Thanks for expressing your opinion, but based on this year’s recruiting by Nebraska–Bo Pelini’s first recruiting class–only two Nebraskans have been given scholarships.

You stated (in so many words) that Bo Pelini and staff would be more inclined to give Nebraska kids lacking in talent or measurables a scholarship than give one to similarly situated out-of-state kids. Hmmm, did not see that happening this year!

But I did see out-of-state D-1 schools offer scholarships to our kids that Nebraska saw as lacking in talent or measurables: Tyrone Sellers, Vondrae Tostenson, Eric Koehlmoos, James Davis, Scott Criss and Jon Lechner.

Many folks have stated that the 2009 Nebraska HS class is weak. Well, no mater how weak people perceive it to be–it is definitely strong enough to warrant more than just two Nebraska players being offered scholarships!

Oh, that’s right Nebraska only sees in-state kids as walk-ons!

And that’s the message that’s being sent loud and clear.

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