Charlton Warren Looks Like a Home Run Hire
As early as today, Air Force associate head coach and defensive coordinator Charlton Warren may be announced as the next secondary coach at Nebraska. While perhaps not as popular a pick as Marvin Sanders might be (Sanders was arguably the best secondary coach Nebraska ever had), he's easily the next best thing.
Without getting into rumor, let's just suggest that the circumstances that led to Sanders departing Nebraska probably prevent him from returning. So while Sanders would be a highly desirable candidate, he really wasn't an option. From there, what should NU have been seeking?
Obviously, you want a guy with a track record of performance in the role. It would be helpful also if you had a guy who can help recruit. It would be an added bonus if he showed these traits in the Big 8 or Big 12 footprint and at a school that perhaps didn't have every conceivable money/recruiting base advantage.
Warren hits the mark on all counts. In his last three seasons as secondary coach at Air Force, the Falcons finished fifth, third and second in pass defense nationally (and better than Nebraska each year from 2008-2011). As a recruiting coordinator at Air Force for six seasons, he managed to outrecruit other programs in the Mountain West Conference. If that's not impressive understand that his recruits had to commit to military service during a time of war. As officers, there was no limit to how long players were obligated to remain. You could say that these recruits were literally placing their lives into his hands. Yet the school managed a string of six straight bowl games. Being in Colorado shows that his recruiting prowess isn't limited to some home-state hotbed as you'd find with an assistant at say Texas. He managed to bring players from far and wide to Colorado Springs.
If things didn't pan out greatly in his role as defensive coordinator or associate head coach, that shouldn't be a great concern since it sounds as though he'll be coaching the secondary. It would have been added bonus if Warren had played at Nebraska, but then NU's had some outstanding coaching talent (e.g. Bob Devaney, Tom Osborne) who hadn't played for the Huskers.
It's hard to imagine a more promising candidate. If indeed Warren comes aboard, he looks like a home run hire.