The Pete Carroll approach

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Posted by Big Ron on October 19, 19 at 14:39:00:

In Reply to: Re: Is it worth recruiting Florida? posted by Hammer on October 19, 19 at 13:06:16:

While living in California, a had a couple friends that were big USC fans. Yes, even USC has boosters that are nice people. They would invite my to go to games and sit with them in the Big Booster seats. Recruiting was often a topic of discussion.

The Pete Carroll Masterplan was a 3 tiered approach to recruiting. It was based on optimum allocation of resources.

Dominate California - Hundreds of High schools were blanketed. USC had an impressive communications network with every HS football power in the state. I was told that Carrollís recruiting staff had the email address and text message connections for every HS coach and rated player. The staff could even text friends of players or the guy who had the adjacent book locker. There was no such thing as a quiet period. Pete would go to the Papadakis Restaurant in San Pedro and somehow every blue chip recruit in the Southland would somehow know that Pete would be there. Designed chance meetings that did not violate recruiting rules.

Regional Pareto Analysis - In the rest of the country, 80% of the top candidates are concentrated in 20% of the area. USC didnít recruit Florida, it recruiting target rich areas such as Dade county. Not all of Texas, but Dallas. Not all of Ohio . . .

Cherry pick the rest of the nation. Recruit 2 or 3 HSs in states like Nevada or Arizona and USC could harvest most of the D1 candidates. If there were any special case candidates, Pete would show up at a game to shake hands and kiss babies.

You can bet that Pete would never gamble on Florida or Texas to the point that USC would go Zero For California.

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