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Ryan Held (left), a former Husker, coached running backs at Central Florida under Scott Frost (right) and will coach running backs at Nebraska now.

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Nebraska was limited through the recruiting period by the number of official visits it had at its disposal.

As such, the Husker coaches organized and strategized after the early signing day, during a dead period that spanned Dec. 18-Jan. 11, and prioritized getting top-of-the-list targets to campus as fast as possible.

It worked out nearly as well as could be expected, as NU landed four of the eight official visitors from the weekend of Jan. 12 and nine of 16 visitors over the final month.

“We were real careful not to bring in kids where we thought it was just a visit,” coach Scott Frost said. “We had to feel good about our chances of getting him before we brought him in. So I think we finished the class with two extra visits, just in case we need one down the road, but we did real well about the kids on campus, and I think that says a lot about what Nebraska is, the facilities, the people and our coaching staff’s relationship with kids.”

Each school gets 56 official visits per recruiting cycle and the visits do not reset until late in the summer. Former head coach Mike Riley and his staff used more than half of the school's allotment before being fired in November.

“We couldn’t mess with a guy that had 10 hats on the table," said Ryan Held, junior college recruiting coordinator and running backs coach. "We had to find guys that were interested in us and we had a really good chance to get and then fit with what we do. There wasn’t a lot of time to mess around. I think our relationships prior (to arriving in Lincoln) and a lot of the kids we were on beforehand fit this place.”

NU has just two official visits remaining for the cycle, according to Frost.

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.

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