Recruiting not guaranteed

When Arizona coach Mike Stoops took the podium on Monday, one of the main topics was recruiting and Stoops took the opportunity to open up about the system.

When Arizona coach Mike Stoops took the podium on Monday, one of the main topics was recruiting and Stoops took the opportunity to open up about the system.

When questioned about the overall talent, Stoops says that he does not pay much attention to the star system, if any at all.

"They are just numbers," he said. "People get caught up and that has become a season in its own. It is kind of senseless and everybody gets caught up in it because it has become a feeding frenzy for fans and internet people. It takes on a mind of its own with who won the recruiting battles."

Often times, the top recruits in the nation never make it into school. However, this fact is often overlooked. According to Stoops, the best way to look at the overall recruiting results is to wait.

"You should look two or three years down on the road and see how it plays out," he said. "Half the kids don't even get into college and they get rated high. Some get in and some don't and they do not take that into consideration.

"You always look at where people fit in and you usually get the people you are supposed to get. That is always how I have looked at recruiting."

Although Stoops may not believe in the star system, he has no choice but to believe in recruiting and thus will be on the road this week.

"We are going out recruiting for a couple days at the end of the week, so it is still kind of a hard week for assistants but it is a necessary part of the job to hopefully take advantage of this start and get a good recruiting class in line."

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