Recruiting is about momentum. It’s been that way since before the days of the internet. The players have to vibe with each other and feel they are coming to be part of a class that plans on doing big things at their respective universities. Everyone has to be bought into the process.
These are the guys you are going to spend the next three to five years with.
It’s no different than how adults or other students look at everything in life, “will this decision help me accomplish the goals that I want to achieve in my life?”
The goal of any effective staff should be leaving an impression that will make these young men buy what they are selling. What they’re selling is a message of “come follow me as we chase greatness.”
I think back on the Bobby Bowden football camp 2001, session two. That’s where I remember seeing many of my future teammates. We exchanged numbers and essentially recruited each other more than the coaches. That’s back when it cost money to call long distance.
It’s easier now, but even so, I see the 16 current FSU commits really building relationships with each other. It’s contagious and you can see that rubbing off in public forums like Twitter.
If you’re an FSU fan you should love it.
You saw three commitments come coming out of “Saturday Night Live” in Brendon Gant, Charles Cross and Kalen Deloach. Big impressions were also left on many top recruits who are now tasked with as much responsibility for bringing in a top class as Willie Taggart.
The key to FSU finishing strong and securing a great class is in getting guys who want others to come in as well as making current commits them feel at home.
Much has been made about comments that current UGA commit Tresman Marshall made about how FSU isn’t focused on winning championships, a quote he quickly refuted on Twitter the same day. Either way, the comments don’t match up to what many other top recruits are saying. You don’t get War Daddies and Bad Asses to come to your program by just being happy to play ball.
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