On Wednesday, Missouri Head Coach Gary Pinkel, the winningest football coach in Missouri history, talked about Missouri's 2014 recruiting class, and the evaluation system that his staff utilizes in achieving their outstanding recruiting results.
"As always, we believe in our evaluation system," said Coach Pinkel. "We do what we do. We're pleased with the results……………………………. These kids are the ones that we wanted………………………………… We're pleased with our 2014 class."
"These guys are really good athletes," continued Coach Pinkel. "We've got a lot of athleticism in this class……………………………….. Last year's class (2013) turned out, after seeing them here and having them here, you know, last year's class is really, really good. So hopefully, we can match that, and have the same back-to-back type classes. And that will certainly fare well for us in the future."
"In our evaluation system, we don't talk about stars," explained Coach Pinkel. "We never have. Some programs look at the stars because they want to see where they rank. I would suggest that people just do the math here a little bit. In the last seven years, we're the eighth winningest BCS program in the nation. And, I would suggest that the people who evaluate (for the) recruiting (sites), we're probably somewhere around ranked thirtieth in recruiting. The numbers don't match! Obviously, we recruit at a very, very high level."
"We have a system in place that works, and (we) bring the right players in here and the right kids in here," continued Coach Pinkel. "And then, we think our player development program, we think we develop players better than anybody in the United States of America. And, that's talking about academics. That's talking about developing strength, speed, and quickness with Dr. Pat Ivey and our strength and conditioning coaches. That's talking about our coaching staff. And, that's talking about development of them as young men."
"If you just do the math, and our success in winning, and what so-called people out there that evaluate recruiting classes, it certainly doesn't parallel the success we've had."
Coach Pinkel addressed the reputation that Missouri has received for developing lower rated recruits into NFL players.
"Really for us, those guys were the highest rated," explained Coach Pinkel. "Regardless of what other people feel, in our system of evaluation, in our thoroughness and attention to detail, we always look for speed potential, athleticism, and certainly size potential at every position. But certainly, speed potential is probably as important as anything. But all of these guys, I had no idea of how many stars they had when we recruited them. We don't really care. But obviously, we've made some good decisions."