Like most of you, I'm thrilled with Hoke and his recruiting prowess. I can't begin to imagine what it's like to oversee the recruiting process for a top-tier school like Michigan.
That said, I find it all fascinating -- it's like a chess game overlaid with a ton of psychology. That got me thinking about the various dynamics that swirl around the recruiting process. I commented on this in the "Hello: Gareon Conley" post. User "elaydin" suggest this might better be its own board post, so here it is. User "PurpleStuff" made an interesting comment about Texas and their having to turn away top recruits from Texas seeking to go to UT.
I'm thinking about the dynamics around:
- The pros/cons of capturing 4* commits early vs. holding out for big name 5* recruits
- The strategies behind protecting early commits against poaching
- The perspective from the truly elite 5* recruits
- The perspective from the very good 4* recruits hoping to be 5*
- What schools can truly pull off the "choose only the best" approach .. if any
- Which programs employ what kinds of recruiting strategies
I realize a lot of this is speculation on our part, and I agree that we should trust in Hoke and staff to do what is right. But as we prep for the BBall tournament and spring ball, a little speculation might be fun.
What do you think? As you survey the college football landscape and think about the various recruiting styles and results, is there a way to map it all out in any discernible way?
An part of recruiting that I think gets overlooked is the creation of recruiting pipelines. These are espeicallly important for Michigan Football compared to other schools because a majority of the scholarship players come from outside the state they are located in. RR (along with Ricardo Miller) was on his way to possibly builiding a pipeline to Dr.Phillips HS, but we all know how that turned out. Here a couple of other pipelines from the RR era that I feel the coaching staff should focus on maintaining:
Cass Tech (Detroit, MI)
This one is a no brainer, and with Michigan Alum Coach Wilcher at the helm this pipeline should be solid for years to come. This year is looking to pay off big with both LB Royce Jenkins-Stone and DB Terry Richardson hopefully joining the 2012 Class.
Trotwood-Madison (Trotwood, OH)
There are both players on the football roster recruited by Carr (Moore) and RR (Roundtree, Shaw) from Trotwood that I am hopeful this can continue with the new coaching staff. Establihsing a recruiting pipeline in talent-rich Ohio would also be a boon for years to come. This year the staff may go after a position of need, S Bam Bradley.
Chaparral (Scottsdale, AZ)