Pelini's staff hitting Texas hard in recruiting

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

One of the most illustrious recruits in Nebraska football history came from Texas when Turner Gill was plucked out of Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth to lead the Cornhuskers. The result was Big Eight domination and nearly a national championship for Gill and his team.

In recent seasons, coaches like Frank Solich and Bill Callahan dabbled in the Lone Star State. But it's been nothing like Bo Pelini, whose staff has garnered nine firm verbal commitments from Texas high school players, according to HuskerLocker.com.

Among the group are three pivotal players who should be of immediate usefulness to the Cornhuskers -- Dayton quarterback Cody Green, Plano running back Rex Burkhead and Houston defensive tackle Thaddeus Randle.

The Cornhuskers also picked up nine firm commitments last season in Texas, helping set the tone for the team's 8-4 record and upcoming trip to the Gator Bowl.

HuskerNation.com comments on the recent surge of recruiting interest in the Lone Star State and lists its top five reasons why recruiting in Texas makes so much sense.

And a sixth reason could be that most assistant coaches can't seem to get enough chicken-fried steak and Tex-Mex food during their recruiting visits.

But don't be surprised if Pelini's staff becomes more involved in Texas recruiting. It might be their best opportunity to push the Cornhuskers into the Big 12 North Division driver's seat with Texas-bred players.