It’s recruiting all day, every day for the Chad Morris staff at Arkansas. It’s what will turn the program and what you are seeing now is the tip of the iceberg. Chad Morris works tirelessly in recruiting and makes sure that every person on the staff does, too.
Morris told me long ago if there is someone who does not work and work well at recruiting, they won’t be with him long.
I have heard this from the start of the Chad Morris era. I was reminded again from a friend on Sunday how much detail and effort Chad Morris and his staff put into recruiting.
Chad Morris spends so much time on the phone with recruits and their families that when they arrive on campus they are already close. He knows everything about them and they realize that quickly when they get to Fayetteville. It’s called effort.
Someone who is in the room when recruits and their families arrive on campus tells me it’s a sight to behold. This is someone who has been around the process for several years and notices a huge change.
Recruiting is about relationships and effort. You get out of it what you put in. This person told me Sunday that Morris and every member of his staff is incredible in the way they work a room and give attention to every person in it. They also delight in showing off the facilities. They stick with the recruit and don’t pass them off to the lower level staffers that have been handling a lot of this process in the past. They spend the time and do it over and over.
Every single person gets huge amounts of attention – from grand mothers, to nephews, nieces, etc. They leave feeling they have a new friend for life.
I will not say who this person that told me this does or is, but they think this staff is something special in how they relate to parents, players and families. They dive into the process and put everything they’ve got into it. It starts at the top, but it’s like that in all of the layers – and there are many layers now – to the recruiting process at Arkansas.
It’s not an accident to see the recruiting list of top prospects grow. This person said when they saw the effort last winter (when it was too late to impact with relationships) that they knew this would be a good class this year – and the next and the next and the next.
There is no secret to it. It’s just relationship and effort. It’s what is going on at the top schools in the national ranking right now, effort to recruiting at Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and a few others.
Without question what this person told me they see over and over is impressive defensive linemen. That’s the recipe at Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State. Whip you on the defensive front. And, a few of those can be sprinkled over (top athletes who are also linemen) to play offense, too. Just keep signing defensive linemen and most of those were and are two-way players in high school.
Get them to campus and then love on them. That’s what is happening now. It never gets old.