Prospect receives 54 handwritten letters for Ole Miss on same day.

Submitted by LongLiveBo on February 11th, 2013 at 4:51 PM

At what point would this start to hurt your chances at landing a recruit?  Personally, if I were a prospect or had a child that was, this would cause me to remove the offender from contention.  This seems completely ridiculous to me.

 

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/recruit-clifton-garrett-receives-54-handwritten-letters-ole-182850955--ncaaf.html 

Comments

BlockM

February 11th, 2013 at 5:01 PM ^

That's what you say until you hear Michigan's doing it, at which point it shows extreme dedication on behalf of the coaching staff.

There might be something fishy going on at Ole Miss, but this isn't it. If coaches think sending a ton of handwritten letters to a recruit is going to help, they'll do it. If they think it will hurt, they won't. Clearly in this case, they feel that the kid will be flattered by the extra attention.

Soulfire21

February 11th, 2013 at 5:02 PM ^

And yet Alabama and Ole Miss seem to be doing just fine on the recruiting trail.  Intriguing, maybe it's about feeling wanted?  I mean, really wanted, hah.

wile_e8

February 11th, 2013 at 5:14 PM ^

Andy Staples did an article after signing day about how Ole Miss landed their impressive class. While there were a few lucky connections involved, the article shows how most of the success was based on aiming high and then plain outrecruiting everyone else. I thought it was especially interesting in light of Urban Meyer's comments - most of the B1G seems content to take the local scraps after Michigan, OSU, and ND get the stars, but Freeze refused to do bow to the SEC powers. This just looks like him getting at it again for next year.

LSAClassOf2000

February 11th, 2013 at 6:15 PM ^

"This isn’t a big surprise to those who have been following Ole Miss’ recent recruiting tactics. Hugh Freeze and his staff blanket the country with verbal offers to the nation’s best recruits and hope several decide to take a chance. " - from the article

I think it is possible that a school is trying just a little too  hard when your offers show up at approximately the same rate as mail that reads "0.0% APR for 24 months" or "Earn Double Reward Points". It is entiely possible, it would seem, that Ole Miss uses one of those bulk mail services to recruit.  

I will await my Ole Miss offer in this week's circular from  Redplum.

pbmd

February 11th, 2013 at 7:30 PM ^

either a large envelop or back pack full of money has been the MO of sleezey college football coahes for decades. i can assure Mr freeze that 54 letters will not be as successful.

mgobaran

February 11th, 2013 at 7:34 PM ^

52 "hand written letters" were for their weekly paychecks,

1 "hand written letter" was the signing bonus,

and 1 "hand written letter" was the reciept of sale.

wolverineswag

February 12th, 2013 at 6:03 AM ^

At some point, grand shows like this are going to turn off some of the elite recruits. Sure, everybody enjoys some time in the spotlight, but imagine stuff like this going on for an entire year! There is a reason celebrities HATE the papparazzi, they are just never left alone.

That being said, I hope Hoke & Co. figure out the perfect balance between letting a recruit live his life and spending the right amount of time in his ear.