I don’t know if you’ve seen this comment from Sam Pittman a few days ago, but it’s worth reading if you haven’t.
Pittman knows what it takes to recruit well in the SEC but he says his time at Georgia helped him become even better. While Arkansas doesn’t have the national prominence that Georgia has, or the in-state talent, the approach the staffs take at both schools shouldn’t differ.
“Coach Smart is a relentless attacker in recruiting,” Pittman said. “I knew how to recruit, I felt like, going into Georgia, but it was just amped up. It was just, ‘Have you talked to the mother? Did you text dad last night? When’s the last time you talked to the kid?’ It was pressure into making sure that we were having contact with kids more than somebody else.
“It’s not really recruiting. It’s just really getting to know each other is what it is. If you take the recruiting word out of it and you say, ‘I’m going to get to know you,’ well the only way I’m going to get to know you is to be in constant contact with you.
“It’s who do you know and at the end of the day, do they like you or like your university or several reasons enough to where they can’t say no. That’s called relationship building. You’ve got to find out who’s important to them. Everybody’s momma is important to them and everybody’s dad is important to them. Sometimes grandma and sometimes the coach. You just have to find that out and make sure that it’s a constant communication with those folks.”
Pretty impressive, when you think about it, that Pittman, who’s always been a fine recruiter, upped his game coaching under Kirby Smart.
That’s how you keep landing top three classes every year.