Rich Rodriguez, you go, girl.
Between this and Smith’s no-NLI (possible) trend, we could stick a knife in the heart of what sucks about signing day – the preening, the overdone media hype, etc. Plus, it would make the process more honest, which should make for more fairness for the recruits.
No-brainer, then, right? Right? Ah, who am I kidding? It’ll never happen.
It may seem obvious to say this: “Having more raw talent than a particular team only matters if you actually play that team, and it only really matters if you play that team frequently.”
But it doesn’t make it any less true.
Georgia had another solid year recruiting – top ten finish, maybe moving higher if Roquan Smith decides to come on board – but when you analyze it in the context of how the rest of the programs in the SEC did, the Dawgs only enjoy the 37th-best class. Four SEC teams rank higher.
Perhaps that explains some of the good, but not great, results we keep experiencing. Just something to consider.
Dan Jeff Ulbrich credit for some degree of chutzpah – despite fudging the truth about his employment track before Roquan Smith signed his NLI, he’s trying to sell Smith on going to UCLA. Now, I mean.
The two still communicate and Ulbrich, though onto his new job in the NFL, continues to unofficially recruit Smith to UCLA.
Hey, at least he’s not misleading Smith about who his position coach will be.
If there’s gonna be an early signing period for recruits, Andy Staples argues there should be something else that’s made early: official visits.
Earlier official visits haven’t happened because college coaches don’t want them to happen. At the moment, the only period a college coach can take a vacation is the summer, and coaches believe this would eliminate that opportunity because they’d be hosting official visitors. Never mind that coaches are adults who could simply say, “I’m taking a vacation this week” and schedule visits around it. They would prefer time off be regulated, as that makes their lives easier.
Earlier official visits would allow low-income prospects to make more informed decisions. It would help geographically isolated schools like Nebraska expose their programs to recruits who can’t afford unofficial visits. It would also help choke out the cottage industry of shady dudes loading high schoolers into vans and driving them to multiple unofficial visits over the summer — and maybe the envelopes full of cash that appear under the hotel room doors of said shady dudes in exchange for their time and trouble.
Despite all of these potential benefits, official visits still can’t start until a prospect’s senior year. But remember, it’s all about the kids.
Of course it is, bless their hearts.
The irony here is that earlier official visits would provide more of an opportunity to sell the school to kids – you know, the thing the NCAA says the recruiting process is all about.
Roquan Smith: “People say choose the school because of the schools, but coaches shape the school.”
Mack Brown: “Everybody says the young man goes to the school and not the coach, but that always doesn’t happen…”
The NCAA to both: STFU.
Well, this is an interesting move.
Rutgers coach Kyle Flood is on the verge of shaking up his recruiting operations staff with the expected hiring of a business consultant who is a financial supporter of the football program, three people with knowledge of the decision told NJ Advance Media on Wednesday.
Jeff Towers, who, according to his LinkedIn profile, is an “executive with 30 years of experience leading robust marketing, communications and fundraising programs in some of the largest nonprofit organizations in America,” is expected to be appointed as the Rutgers football recruiting coordinator, the three people told NJ Advance Media on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about athletic department personnel.
Towers doesn’t appear to have any football experience but, according to LinkedIn, he is said to have managed “his own consulting agency assisting nonprofit organizations in strategic planning, board development, marketing, communications and fundraising.”
Bringing a booster in to run your recruiting operations… I mean, what could go wrong with that?
On the other hand, there are probably coaches all over the country who will react to the news by smacking their foreheads and asking themselves, “why didn’t I think of that?”.
Roquan Smith surfaces and has quite a bit to say about what transpired on signing day. Not much is too surprising – Ulbrich lied straight out to him (“Coach Ulbricht did say that Coach Dan Quinn (of the Atlanta Falcons) had called him the night before, but he had declined the job offer”) and the bad taste that left in Smith’s mouth is what’s led him to this no-NLI path he’s now on, rather than some trailblazing motive.
But I’m not completely sure he knows what he gets by not signing the NLI.
“When you sign a letter-of-intent, it give a school all authority over you. You don’t really have any say or anything like that. People say choose the school because of the schools, but coaches shape the school. When people talk like that, that’s kind of crazy. If you get a bull at the school, why would you go to a school to have a bull coach you? You have to look at it like that. Say for example, you’re at the school for two years and then some butthole coaches come in, they won’t be able to hold you there if you’re only on scholarship papers. The letter-of-intent gives the school all power over you.”
“Actually, I do think it’s an unfair situation. Think about if a kid comes from New Jersey and goes all the way out to Texas or somewhere and then someone at home gets sick. With the letter of intent, if he’s their star player, they may want to keep him there regardless of what else is going on. With the scholarship papers, it’s a year in and year out situation, so they just can’t hold you in one place. Where I plan to go, I do plan to be for four years, though.”
If he thinks he becomes a free agent for his entire collegiate career by foregoing the NLI, he’s sadly mistaken. Not sure if he’s getting bad advice, or if he just doesn’t understand that he becomes locked in upon enrolling, but it sounds like he’s in for a surprise down the road.