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Colorado is recruiting nationally -- as it should be

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Recruiting Central' started by Buffnik, Apr 2, 2016.

  1. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Here's the list of the Top 6 states that had the most 3*/4*/5* football prospects between 2011 thru 2015:

    Texas: 1,337
    Florida: 1,295
    California: 878
    Georgia: 758
    Ohio: 462
    Louisiana: 333

    CU is now focused on 5 of them along with Arizona (#2 Pac-12 state at 131) and home state Colorado (60).

    I'd like to get a coach into Ohio. Maybe Hagan, since he pulled Speedy from there on his last go-round. CU also signed Deji Olatoye from OH, so I think we can make that work.

    With all that the state of Colorado/ City of Boulder has going for it and a central US location along with highly-regarded academics, there is no reason not to focus on national recruiting in this way -- targeted to specific states where CU builds pipelines and long-term relationships (as opposed to the scattergun national recruiting we saw under Hawkins).

    CU is appealing to just about everyone who isn't locked into staying close to home. Finally starting to get it right with the way things are organized.

    Starting to see this strategy pay off with some of the 2016 signings and for sure with the 2017 offers/ interest.

    I'm very excited about this strategy and the potential of the program now that focused national recruiting is being embraced.
     
  2. bigbuff44

    bigbuff44 Well-Known Member

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    Doug Rippy also from OH. I know he made a comment awhile back about CU needing to come to OH to get some guys.
     
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  3. buffaholic

    buffaholic Club Member Club Member

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    Agree. Colorado (when we are not the laughing stock of CFB) has appeal to a lot of kids who want to get away from home. Just look at the number of kids at CU form IL, MI, OH, VA, MD, CT, NY, PA.

    I'd throw in Utah with Arizona.
     
  4. dyemeduke

    dyemeduke Well-Known Member

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    When CU was truly recruiting nationally, we got one of my favorite Buffs of all time in Ben Kelly from OH.

    Personally, I get sort of worried when our recruiting gets so widespread. I think top programs can easily recruit nationally because of their name recognition, but for our team, it seems that focusing our recruiting efforts in specific areas and coaches would be beneficial. Buffnik and others - you definitely follow recruiting much more than I do, so when you say we should be recruiting nationally, would it be correct that you think my thinking is flawed?
     
  5. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    I do. Because I'm saying to target nationally. Get there, build relationships with coaches that annually produce talent, and keep going back. A state like Ohio has 90+ 3* and up prospects every year. That also means that there are a good number of 2* guys who simply get missed. Out of that, with the right relationships, can you find 1 or 2 recruits to sign every year? That's all it takes when you consider that you're going to sign 4-6 on average from each of CO, TX and CA every year. Get those 1 or 2 from OH, FL, GA, LA along with maybe someone from AZ, UT and HI plus outlier states and JUCOs... you've got your class. And that class is going to have a lot of talent.
     
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  6. Duff Man

    Duff Man Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    I think a focused Poly recruiting focus is ten times more important than Ohio (or really any state outside the Big Three and Colorado).

    I do like the focus on GA and LA though. Easy traveling partners with FL and TX.
     
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  7. gone native

    gone native Club Member Club Member

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    You oughta read nik's post again..
     
  8. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Do we really have to leave CA, UT and HI for that, though? I think we've got that covered. Not sure that I'd ever repeat the trips to Samoa and I agree with shutting down WA as a core recruiting geography.
     
  9. Duff Man

    Duff Man Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    I think you need a Poly coach on staff for it truly to be covered.
     
  10. Clean Undies

    Clean Undies Flagship of the 12-Pac Club Member

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    Yeah. I was hoping someone would mention Hawaii and Samoa.

    Since the departure of Brian Cabral, CU has slipped behind Wazzou, Udub, Utah and remains firmly behind USC for poly warriors.

    I'd put CU's legacy of Sal, Dizon, Beaty, Cabral, and many others up against Ohio any time.
     
  11. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Hoping that's the next hire. Hypothetically, if Bernardi retired I think you could move Adams to Arizona, Nevada, Sacramento/NCal and tagteaming the western JUCOs with Chev. A Pacific Islander coach could take HI, UT and, ideally, San Diego.
     
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  12. gone native

    gone native Club Member Club Member

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    That comment was directed to dyemeduke
     
  13. BehindEnemyLines

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    Would like to see some attention paid to Ohio. They take their football seriously in that state.

    I like that the staff is recruiting Fla/Ga/La. Lots of speedy, athletic young dudes down that way.
     
  14. onealcd

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    Personally I would rather see us his DC and jersey than increase efforts with the poly kids. It just seems way harder to convince those kids to come to Colorado than it is for UcLA, USC, UW, Cal and Utah. Boulder has great appeal to east coast kids and a great reputation that hasn't been completely tapped into yet. You can say similar things about Ohio too.
     
  15. aik

    aik Club Member Club Member

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    CU was able to sign many players of Islander descent as a member of the Big 8 and Big 12. I see no reason why they can't keep that as a focus as a member of a conference where they play the majority of their away games in the footprint of PI settlement. Just need a coach who understands the right way to build these relationships. Coaching staffs aren't just built with diversity to look good on paper for their employer. They should reflect the composition of who is being recruited. Want running backs to take CU seriously? Get them a running backs coach. Want to return to #Polyrado? Get a coach who has experience relating to PI families. Recruits and their parents want to know there is someone looking out for them when they go away to college. It should be much easier to emphasize than putting more coaches on the opposite coast.
     
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    onealcd Club Member Club Member

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    I guess what I am saying is I don't really care if we return to #polyrado or not if we can hit other recruiting hot beds and have more success in those areas, which I believe we could get better results in those areas than with bringing on a Poly recruiter. Mostly it is getting away from something our entire conference puts an emphasis on to try and gain an advantage somewhere else.
     
  17. Duff Man

    Duff Man Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    We are not going to get better in this conference by continuously running away from the recruiting hot spots for this conference.
     
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  18. onealcd

    onealcd Club Member Club Member

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    It's not running away from competition, I'm not saying get out of California or get out of Texas, I'm talking about poly recruiting which is a small percentage of colorados players. I just think Colorado has a good advantage over other schools recruiting the east coast and mid west. It's just a way to differentiate from the rest of the pac 12 to try and gain an advantage.
     

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