this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
High School Football Coaches
With only a single win over the prior two seasons and with Cato June in his first season as head coach, Anacostia HS posted a 6-4 record and qualified for the DC playoffs for the first time in 10 years. In a single season, Cato has changed the entire culture within and surrounding the program.
For those living in DC who are interested:
Seminfinals @ Cordozo HS (in NW): Saturday at Noon
Edit: Changed the semifinal game time and the topic no longer reads OT (I get a little paranoid about what's OT).
There are quotes aplenty in here. Commence reading between the lines:
* Goricki has been Sparty-friendly in past articles. Did he ignore RichRod-friendly coaches here? Who knows?
* The first guy quoted is Patrick Threet of St. Clair Shores Lakeview. Steven's brother? :) He doesn't appear to be a RichRod fan. Samples:
"... you can definitely feel there's a leadership vibe there (with Hoke) that will relate to the hard-working people of Michigan ..." (Hopelessly vague ...)
"When you look at Michigan State, they won the state in recruiting and I think it shows." (Whatever ...)
"There was a little bit of arrogance (with Rodriguez)."
* Next up, the somewhat famous John Herrington of Farmington Hills Harrison:
"I thought Rodriguez was a very good coach, an offensive genius. I think it will be different where Brady will recruit Michigan harder and not just go to Florida and California (like Rodriguez) ..." (I find this much more interesting, because Herrington's opinions probably carry some weight. Even he seems to believe that RichRod didn't spend enough time in Michigan.)
* How does everyone feel about Hoke downshifting from a BlackBerry to a "regular" cell phone? Offhand I can't imagine why someone would voluntarily trade down in that area, but maybe that's just me. More important, what does it say about his modernity? Coaches are still allowed to text these days, right? (I'm assuming he wouldn't be enthusiastic about texting with only number keys.) Does he risk being perceived as out-of-touch by players? I could see where some people, like Coach Threet, could find the idea appealing.
When it comes to recruiting, other than the recruit, who is most important to keep positive relations with? ... High School coaches. The kids look to their coaches for advice on schools.
This brief article gives a sense of what the in-state coaches are thinking, so far, about the Hoke hire, and what they thought of RR. Should be a big recruiting positive.