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Recruiting 2010 - The Insider Answers, Part 4
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Jan 26, 2010


Has the ouster of Bobby Bowden for Jimbo Fisher hurting recruiting? What is Bill Snyder's plan at Kansas State? These questions and more in Part Four of the key questions and insider answers for the 2010 recruiting season.


Recruiting 2010 - Key Questions

The Inside Info - Part Four

 
What's happening this recruiting season? Several Scout publishers provide their insider info on the key questions that matter to the real world of college football.

- Recruiting 2010 - The Key Questions, Part 1 - Is Bama taking advantage?
- Recruiting 2010 - The Key Questions, Part 2 - Is Miami keeping the top players home?
- Recruiting 2010 - The Key Questions, Part 3 - Do recruits care about JoePa's future?
- Recruiting 2010 - The Key Questions, Part 5 - Does the loss of Carroll matter at USC?
- Recruiting 2010 - The Key Questions, Part 6 - Did the rumors about Stoops matter at OU?
- Recruiting 2010 - The Key Questions, Part 7 - Are Urban's health issues a problem? 
- Recruiting 2009 - The Key Questions

Q: Considering the status of the Maryland program, how is Ralph Friedgen able to bring in recruits is he’s likely going to be gone in the next few years?

A: Well, I think the reason we've been doing so well in recruiting is twofold: first, the Terps had a terrible year. We have a lot of young players who don't have their starting spots assured or even close to it. A lot of the recruits I've talked to who are interested in Maryland or are committed to Maryland list the ability to get on the field quickly as close to the top of their "what I'm looking for in a school" lists. They think the more time they're on the field, the likelier they get a shot at the pros, and no one likes bench-warming. Maryland's horrible season probably helped their recruiting more than a 5-7 season would have, since everyone's looking for a drastic change in the on-the-field product.

Second, and more pertinent to your question, is that despite the likelihood of this being Friedgen's swan song season at Maryland, recruits still want to come here and play for three or four or five years. I think this is mostly because the Terps' recruiting coordinator also happens to have a lucrative head-coach-in-waiting contract which has an expensive buyout. Considering how the athletic department at UM is hemorrhaging money at this point, they can't afford buying out either Friedgen or Franklin. Recruits know that even though they'll probably only get one year of the Fridge, Franklin's going to be around, and he's who they've had more contact with. ... From Ethan Rothstein, TurtleSportsReport.com

Q: What kind of effect has the ouster of Bobby Bowden had on this year’s class?

A: While losing a legend is tough for any program the retirement of Bobby Bowden has been a shot in the arm to Florida State's recruiting. Over the past several seasons Jimbo Fisher has been in charge of the recruiting and most of the details of the program, but he did not have the coaches and support FSU needed to be a full force on the recruiting trail. Leaving with Bowden are long-time assistants Mickey Andrews, Chuck Amato, Jody Allen and Dexter Carter. Carter was only a few years in to his career, but the others had lost a lot of luster on the recruiting trail and were not landing the kids they once were capable of.

Now FSU has top-flight recruiters like James Coley, Eddie Gran, Greg Hudson, Dameyun Craig and Mark Stoops. All have been hitting the trail hard and have connected well with the targets for FSU's class. While the Seminoles have leans in this class they would have landed had Bowden stayed, FSU now has gotten a shot in the arm with the new coaches and now are in on several top-flight players still uncommitted.

With guys like Corey Lemonier, Bjoern Werner, Calvin Smith, Demar Dorsey, Christian Green and Christian Jones still out there it looks like we'll see a traditional strong FSU close to the 2010 class. ... From Nate Greer, NoleDigest.com

Q: What’s Bill Snyder’s recruiting plan, and how does it compare to what he did ten years ago?

A: One thing that Coach Snyder says often is that the game of recruiting has changed since he has been away. Prior to his retirement, media and the internet did not have the same impact on recruiting or play as big a role in covering recruiting as it does today. There are times Coach Snyder has jokingly made mention that he can read about what a recruit ate for breakfast due to the recruiting exposure and this has been one of his biggest challenges in terms of handling how this process has changed.

Part of recruiting in today's climate is addressing the vast amount of information that is disseminated through the internet. Coach Snyder and his staff, like many other staffs across the country have to deal with the information that exists on the internet. This means placing calls to talk to players and their parents to displace rumors and address issues that are created on numerous message boards all across the country. A decade ago, Coach Snyder could have quietly recruited a class and brought them to Manhattan without all the evaluation and attention that goes with the game of college recruiting - those days are history.

Coach Snyder was very successful previously in his career at building and maintain recruiting pipelines within the state of Kansas, but more importantly across the nation to Junior College coaching staffs and their players. Kansas State has a history of bringing great JUCO players to Manhattan to play their college ball. Look for this to continue. Coach Snyder and his staff have simply picked up where he left off and are leaned heavily on those past relationships to recruit and re-stock talented players to replenish losses on both the Offensive and Defensive lines.

K-State under Coach Snyder, has already signed to early letters of intent JUCO players such as Defensive Tackles- Ray Kibble and Javonta Boyd, as well as Offensive Tackle Jordan Allred. In addition, numerous other talented JUCO players on both sides of the ball that have given the 'Cats their verbal commitments. The emphasis this year seems to be on replacing set key players on defense, especially the DE position while picking up the Wildcat QB of the future - which the staff feels they have in Maryland's Billy Cosh. Look for the 'Cats to continue to recruit those players who can step in immediately and make an impact early to fill some holes left by graduation, while cherry-picking a handful of skill players.- even under the intense scrutiny of the media.

Coach Snyder loves to sign players who are athletes and then find places for them on the field. This class will be filled with numerous players classified as 'athletes' and as always, Coach Snyder will build his schemes around his talent.

Q: What is Dave Wannstedt selling at Pitt after not being able to pull off a Big East Championship despite all the talent he has amassed?

A: He's selling the fact that Pitt has won 9 regular-season games the past two years and 10 this year, more than any season since 1982. And they've been one game off the pace in the Big East those two seasons, but very, very close. So, maybe this one recruit -- whomever he's talking to at the time -- will be the difference. He's also selling the school, the City of Pittsburgh and the facilities, which all are top-notch. ... From Dale Grdnic, PantherDigest.com

- Recruiting 2010 - The Key Questions, Part 1 - Is Bama taking advantage?
- Recruiting 2010 - The Key Questions, Part 2 - Is Miami keeping the top players home?
- Recruiting 2010 - The Key Questions, Part 3 - Do recruits care about JoePa's future? 
- Recruiting 2010 - The Key Questions, Part 5 - Does the loss of Carroll matter at USC?
- Recruiting 2010 - The Key Questions, Part 6 - Did the rumors about Stoops matter at OU?
- Recruiting 2010 - The Key Questions, Part 7 - Are Urban's health issues a problem? 
- Recruiting 2009 - The Key Questions