A lot of the stuff a lot of you are talking about is marketing stuff that will help fan support and fan interest. For sure. No doubt about that. And our media should ask Mike Anderson about that, so we can understand his marketing philosophy and if he feels any constraints to it. I would love for us to get some facts. I respect posters like RazorAg, but I would love to get verification of that. Only people like Dudley and Scottie can get us that.
Back to the original question of recruiting philosophy, the marketing stuff will help some, but I don’t know how much. Recruiting is about player evaluation, building relationship and wanting to play for the head coach and his system, location of the school and academic standing of the school.
A coach can’t do much about location and academic standing of the school. As far as player evaluations and relationships, I hope they are doing that. Other than few (who were mostly 13th schollie or schollies given just to have warm bodies), I don’t see many misses. Given that, to me our recruiting today is hampered by two things and the first issue can overcome the second issue easily.
The first issue is Arkansas cannot leverage their recruiting of the National championship and the Nolan golden years. Our Administration took care of that in 2001, seventeen years ago. As many point out, our current recruits were not even born then. So, until Mike makes a deep run into NCAAT, Arkansas does nit stack up well against elite schools for 5 stars and high 4 stars, who have so many choices. And by deep run, I mean Final Four. Sweet 16 is nothing, it just helps to debate whether coach should be fired.
Second issue is bypassing recruits who have some academic liability and character issues. You can just tell by the recruits we sign what they are looking for. Kids like Qualls and Bailey were valedictorians at their school with outstanding GPAs. I think they are so spooked by APR probation that they just don’t get into the game with a lot of recruits or move on from them once they do some digging.
As I said if we take care of the first issue, second issue becomes a non-factor. Because there is enough talent out there to draw from, with good academic standing and character.
Another issue of course us the cheating issuecand rhat is too murky to address.
Having said this, I just have this feeling that being under intense pressure, looking at who they are recruiting now, that they may be flirting with the second issue. I hope they are careful.