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How adding Nebraska changes recruiting

The addition of Nebraska to the Big Ten in 2011 doesn't only mean landing a football championship game or splitting the league into divisions.

It also could change the landscape of football recruiting, Purdue coach Danny Hope said Tuesday at the Big Ten media day.

Hope and the Boilermakers recruit Texas hard but have been more successful landing talent in Florida of late -- a development Hope likes. But he'd like to see more fruit from Texas, too.

The Cornhuskers have 26 players from Texas listed on their 2010 roster. Purdue has 14 Texans.

"I think adding Nebraska to the league, I think it's going to enhance Big Ten recruiting in Texas because at least they can identify it more with Big Ten football," Hope said.

But recruiting in Texas can be a challenge, Hope said.

"The part of the problem with recruiting Texas now is the fact that the recruiting process has sped up so much," he said. "Right now, June is about like December used to be. Even though we can't go on the road in June, that's when a lot of guys are narrowing their lists to three or four schools and starting to commit. That used to happen in December back in the old days.

"The recruiting calendar has sped up the fastest in Texas. We go out in the spring to evaluate and by the time spring recruiting is over, a lot of top players are already committed. There's so many players out there, if you're a strong school in Texas, you can tell a guy, 'You need to commit or we're going to the next guy.' They have that many good players out there.

"So I think the fact that the recruiting calendar has sped up so much is one of the reasons why it's harder to recruit in Texas because you don't have the time to sit and wait and see what he's going to do developing as a player. Somebody will take him and offer him, and he'll be gone. They go faster in Texas, in my mind, than any state in the union right now."

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