Staffs are just like people, they are all different. With that said, philosophies and recruiting strategies differ from staff to staff. But there is usually one thing they have in common, and that is how they break up the territories for each coach to recruit.
Most fans who do not keep up with recruiting would assume
that the position coach would be the person who recruits a player. For example,
it would make sense if you did not put much thoght into it that the running back
coach for a school would recruit all of the running backs that their school was
It simply does not work out that way.
use Coach Frank Wilson from Ole Miss as an example. Suppose he were recruiting
running backs from eight different states. That would work while he was just contacting
the prospects by phone and mail.
But could you imagine when the inhome
visits started? Or the evaluation process started? He would have to be in several
different states in some instances, in the same day.
This method simply
will not work.
The way most staffs run their ship is by assigning a territory
for each coach that is on the road. Remember, you are only allowed 7 coaches to
be on the road at one time, but you can rotate the coaches.
following me? This gets confusing, so lets use a hypothetic to make it easy.
say Coach Mazzone has been assigned the Central Mississippi region and parts of
Georgia. He is responsible for the day to day letters and calls to the prospects
in his Region. He will also evaluate the prospects at their games and practices
from this Region. But, that does not mean that he will not call and build a relationship
with a QB from say Texas. Coach Mazzone will build a relationship with the players
from his position (QB), but the person with the main responsibility to recruit
the prospect is the coach who has been assigned that territory.
following coaches have been assigned to these territories:
Deleone (OL Coach) - Coach Deleone recruits North Mississippi. This includes
the Oxford, Calhoun City, Water Valley, and on up to the Tennessee border. He
is also responsible for the state of Texas.
Tony Hughes (Assistant
Secondary Coach) - Coach Hughes recruits the Mississippi Delta on over to I55
(Batesville). So yes, Coach Hughes is now responsible for the South Panola program.
He also recruits the entire City of Jackson, Madison and Rankin Counies..
Lubbick (WR Coach) - Coach Lubbick is responsible for the state of Florida.
Luke (Recruiting Coordinator and Tight Ends coach) - Coach Luke is responsible
for the Gulf Coast of Mississippi on up to Meridian. This includes Meridian, Hattiesburg,
Laurel, Waynesboro, Lumberton on down to Gulfport, Moss Point...etc...
Mazzone (Offensive Coordinator/QB coach) - Coach Mazzone recruits central
Mississippi and parts of Georgia.
Ryan Nielson - (Defensive Line
Coach) - Coach Nielson recruits the state of California and parts of Georgia (Atlanta
Chris Rippon (Secondary and Special Teams Coordinator) -
Coach Rippon recruits the City of Memphis, Germantown, and the state of Arkansas.
He also spot recruits the state of Alabama.
Shawn Slocum (Assistant
Head Coach/Linebacker) - Coach Slocum recruits S' West Mississippi and North Louisiana
(Just north of Baton Rouge on up).
Frank Wilson (Running Back Coach)
- Coach Wilson recruits South Louisiana on up to Baton Rouge.
(Head Coach) - Coach Orgeron is the closer for the team. Head coaches are
only allowed one in-home visit, so there has to be an assistant coach who is responsible
for the prospect's recruitment. Having said that, Coach Orgeron recruits every
territory and and assists in the recruitment of every player. He also writes letters
to the prospects, evaluates their games on film and in person, and places calls
to the recruits, no matter which region they fall under. In fact, you will probably
not find another head coach in American who is more actively involved in recruiting
than Coach Orgeron. He would probably even admit that it is his favorite thing
Which territory does each Ole Miss coach recruit?
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