Q: What is your approach to recruiting?
Rutgers running backs coach Lester Erb: “Football is a people business. That's what it really is. If you're able to build those relationships with the high school coaches, with the people in those high schools, they start to trust you. They trust you with their kids. Recruiting, that's really what it's about. It's about relationships and building that trust. … Get out and get going tomorrow and obviously I'll be in front of a few new guys tomorrow. Try to build those relationships.”
Q: On how he will recruiting with the staff?
LE: “The area coach is always the one who brings the names up. The position coach has always gotten involved. The more people that you can get involved in the recruiting process the better because it's a big decision in the recruit's lives, where they're going. If they only know one person there, only have a personal connection there with one person, it makes it a little bit more difficult. If they feel they're going into a place and it's like a family atmosphere and they know everybody, it's a little bit easier.”
Q: What is your experience with this scheme?
LE: “We're going to figure out what coach [Jerry] Kill coming on board, what we're going to do offensively. Being out at Nevada for the past few years and coaching running backs out there for three, the spread offense is a little bit different from what I was used to at Iowa, but I feel comfortable coaching whatever offense we're going to be in.”
Q: Would you want to get fullbacks involved?
LE: “Yeah. Whatever we decide on, where coach Kill really wants to take this thing. I think there's going to be an aspect to it to where a fullback is going to be in it.”
Q: How would you describe your relationship with offensive line coach AJ Blazek?
LE: “AJ and I have known each other for a long time because he played for us at Iowa and then he was a GA for us there. He's just a great human being. His family and my family have kind of, not grown up, but we've kind of been there for each other over the past 15 years now. I think we're pretty close and I'm looking forward to working with him. … He talked to me about what they're building here. Obviously his connection with coach [Chris] Ash played a major role in me coming out.”
Q: What can you learn from coaches Ash and Kill?
LE: “I'm excited about it. I think it's going to be great. Obviously I've never met coach Kill before but just his reputation precedes him. Competing against him in the Big Ten and knowing what he stands for, the guy has won everywhere.”