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You can't access this article without being an ESPN member. Drat.
For us "non insiders" what did it say?
Me either. Wish someone could summarize:)
Sorry....I will cut and paste it....
waiting, waiting waiting...
here it is:
Thanks to recruiting, terms like "decommitment," "soft commitment" and "silent commitment" are now part of every college football fan's vocabulary. At the root of each of these terms is the recruiting rumor mill. You can't go a day without a rumor erupting about what this five-star recruit is going to do, or if this blue-chipper is secretly committed to a school.
That's where RecruitingNation's myth buster, Jeremy Crabtree, comes in.
Crabtree asked fans via Twitter (@JeremyCrabtree) and Facebook which questions from the recruiting rumor mill they wanted fact-checked.
See which rumors are Fact ... or Fiction.
Want your recruiting questions answered? Be sure to submit yours to Jeremy Crabtree on Twitter @JeremyCrabtree using the hashtag #RecruitingRumors or on Facebook.
Eric in "On The Plains" via email: The hiring of Gus Malzahn was a better hire than Bret Bielema from a recruiting standpoint?
I'm a huge, huge fan of Bielema and his coaching ability and love the success he's had at every stop along his way, but I do think it's a FACT that Malzahn will be able to lure higher-quality recruits to Auburn than Bielema will to Arkansas.
To me, it's not really about who the head coach is at both schools, it's more about the situation.
John Reed/US PresswireGus Malzahn already has a rapport with recruits in Alabama because of his time as Auburn's offensive coordinator.
The Tigers boast a brand-new, 92,000-square-foot, indoor practice facility and a recently renovated weight room. Auburn has also made significant stadium improvements. Those are things that recruits love to see. But more importantly, there's an immense talent pool of players in the state of Alabama from which the Tigers can recruit.
Behind Florida and Georgia, you can make a very solid argument that Alabama is next in line for depth of talent each and every year. Just ask any recruiter in the SEC and they'll tell you about how the quality of high school football in Alabama has gone up in the last 10 years, and that's been a big building block in the national championships won by Alabama and Auburn over the last five years.
Arkansas doesn't have the depth of recruits each year for it to be successful on that alone.
The Hogs have to win recruiting battles in bordering states like Texas and Oklahoma, and with the recent success at places like Texas A&M, Baylor and TCU, it's gotten a whole lot tougher to lure recruits out of the Lone Star State. In Oklahoma, Arkansas used to be able to beat out Oklahoma State for kids in the Tulsa area, but the Cowboys' resurgence has made it difficult to win those battles.
The thing that pushes Malzahn over the top in this case for me -- and remember, we're talking only about recruiting here -- is familiarity. Malzahn won't need directions to Muscle Shoals (Ala.) High School, Little Rock (Ark.) Pulaski Academy or Dooly County (Vienna, Ga.) High School. He's been there and done that already in his time at Auburn as offensive coordinator and at Arkansas State as head coach.
It will also be interesting to see if Auburn puts a renewed focus on the state of Arkansas with his ties to the state as a high school coach and his time leading the Red Wolves. Could Malzahn be a real thorn in the side of the Arkansas staff?
Bielema has recruited well in the Southeast, especially in places like Florida. He did spend some time recruiting Texas when he was the defensive coordinator at Kansas State, but he doesn't know both areas like the back of his hand. So it's important for Bielema to hire a staff with connections to both areas, which means that retaining recruiting coordinator Tim Horton might be a good idea.
Thanks for sharing!
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