Re: Not to beat a dead horse, so to speak....

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Posted by Goldcanyondevil on December 18, 20 at 18:52:06:

In Reply to: Not to beat a dead horse, so to speak.... posted by PhiDevil on December 17, 20 at 17:32:28:

I think you are right , Phi. AZ I don't think is a priority for recruiting and I don't think it will be. I remember from day one 3 years ago AP mentioning (paraphrasing as best I recall) that he'll talk to the local kids but if they don't really want to be Sun Devils or are lukewarm or iffy, he's not going to mess around with them or waste time with them. I remember him saying that "we want young men who want to be Sun Devils. If not, we'll shake their hand and it's GAME ON when we play them wherever they go. Our recruiting base is California." To me it's a two way street. The local kids like Pearsall,the Soelles and Glass who just signed REALLY WANTED TO BE SUN DEVILS. I love his direct and no nonsense attitude and his deep relationships I believe have been developed elsewhere and he's maximizing that. I'd do the same darn thing. I remember recruiting Senior Engineers or Managers to come work for me and I could tell immediately who was really interested and who wasn't. The ones who I didn't feel who were or were iffy or who were playing me, I blew their a**es off right away. And I was cavalier about it and that served me well. I don't think it's a matter of being piss poor either. In this case the grass is just as green if not greener on the other side of the fence. The staff is expanding from Cali to National now which I believe is great strategic thinking. I think that was part of CTG's downfall. He really worked his ass off recruiting AZ God Bless him and time and again they left and we got we got left holding the bag. A lot of the kids' folks are from elsewhere and their allegiances are elsewhere or they want to leave the state.
Therefore, no matter hard we try, they're not coming here regardless.
Keep doing what you are doing, CHE, AP and staff! You are bringing in some serious talent and I don't care where that talent is coming from-China, North America, Australia or wherever. Love how you are recruiting and stay the course. You know exactly what the heck you are doing. Go DEVILS!

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