I know, this is a day late, but Friday was kind of busy, you know. So I give to y’all now my answers to your Blog Bag questions. As expected (because I encouraged it), it’s all about recruiting. National signing day is just four days away.
Q: What happened to Cordarrly Gaines of Provine? Dandy Dozen last year but seems to have slipped off the map.
A: Gaines was a 2012 prospect, a 6-foot-6, 350-pound offensive lineman who signed with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He was a three-star prospect and had an offer from MSU and other SEC schools.
Q: Do the coaches know how many players in each position they want, or do they just recruit players regardless of position?
A: Coaches always try to target areas of need, which is why you see so many wide receivers in MSU’s 2013 commitment class, and why it went after (and got) a second quarterback. Last year’s class was full of defensive linemen, and as y’all know, you’ve got to have a strong D-line in the SEC.
There’s a balance, of course – even if you don’t have a pressing need at a particular position, if a big-time prospect at that position wants to sign with you, you take him.
Q: How many times has Ole Miss signed the older brother of a top recruit to a scholarship? Twice in two years makes me think it was a common tool.
A: Don’t know how many times, but it’s certainly an effective tool, one I’ve seen used by many schools. In the case of Denzel Nkemdiche, I’m sure his presence on the Ole Miss roster played a big role in the likelihood of his younger brother, Robert Nkemdiche, heading to Oxford. But Denzel is a fine player in his own right, earning second-team All-SEC honors as well as freshman All-American honors last season.
Q: Has there ever been talk of an early signing day for high schoolers? It would make sense to have one the same day as when jucos can sign. Also, since the NCAA has the “best interest of the student-athletes” in mind, it would be logical.
A: There’s been a lot of buzz this year about getting an early signing period. It’s something a lot of coaches seem to support, and media, too. I know I’d like to see it, because it would eliminate a lot of this craziness you see in January and make it much easier on coaching staffs as they try to figure out what they still need to do as signing day draws nearer.
But I don’t know if the NCAA plans on adding one. We’ll have to see.
Q: What is the job description for a recruiting coordinator?
A: Lee Davis holds that position for MSU, although her actual title is football recruiting specialist. Her main duties involve handling on-campus recruiting (visits and such) and camps.