Kind of a part two follow up to my New 2011 Recruiting List post of a few days ago. I wanted to make a few observations on the recruiting lists. First though I also wanted to comments on the contents of the lists in general.
You have to remember that these lists are an accumulation of a handful of sources, from Rivals, scout.com, ESPN, news papers and also the message boards. Occasionally also I get leads from friends, and sometimes parents, about out possible recruiting targets- although this is more true about basketball than football. Some of the names on the list for a variety of reason could be more serious recruits that other. There are plenty of examples of coaches saying hello to an athlete and with in days it is out on the web that a kid is being recruited by that coach even though he really is not.
There also are examples of athletes on the lists who I may have heard, a while back, that a program was recruiting but as of recently I have seen little evidence that they were still active with that athlete. Two examples of that might be 6-11 center Antonio Worthy and 5-10 Andrew Bendolph for the Griz and Bobcat basketball programs respectively. Both of these guys I had heard were receiving interest from these programs over a year ago but currently I am not sure if either program is still showing an interest. Still I keep their names on because I simply do not know and it is not uncommon to see a name resurface.
By watching who the programs are recruiting you can often tell what the coaches are trying to accomplish with their recruiting classes. Here are my observations.
Bobcat Men’s Basketball
The Bobcats only have a few scholarships to offer this year, and majority of the recruits appear to be combo guards. With Danny Little already committed it appears the Bobcats are looking for guards. More specifically they guards who can handle the ball and play the point, but who can also put up points. Not a true point but more of a scoring point guard. While most of the guards are in the 6-0 to 6-2 range I think that is more happen stance. While most of the guards appear to be solid scorers I get the feeling they are looking for athleticism over lets say perimeter shooting. I keep coming back to this but I think the Bobcat coaches really looking for a Marquis Navarre type of point.
Grizzly Men’s Basketball
The Griz have only one scholarship so far to offer, but with the scholarship that will be available with the graduation of senior center Brian Qvale it appears the Griz are going smaller. All of the prospective recruits that I have come to my attention the past 3-4 months have been players capable of both the shooting guard spot and small forward. Most of the prospects are playing the forward spot in high school but are projected to be able swing to the guard spot in college. The other characteristic that almost all of the prospects have is tremendous three point shooting ability. There is a wide range of athletic ability among the athletes so I do not think that is a high priority.
The Bobcats men seem to be hitting a pretty balanced recruiting approach with it’s recruiting so far. The thing that surprised me is that I have been hearing nothing about possible quarterback recruiting. It would seem to me that that would priority with the graduation of Kempt and thin quarterback stable as it is. I wonder how much a freshman wunderkind like McGee has effected recruiting. I also noticed a handful of recruits from Maryland, a little out of the way for Montana. This often happens when a new assistant coach from outside the region, in this case Maryland, come on board and bring names from his last position.
The first thing that struck me about the Griz recruiting this year is that it appears that the Griz want to open the recruiting pipeline that was very successful for them in the Don Read era, with close to ten prospects so far. They also seem to be hitting the recruiting trail pretty hard to find a quarterback or two. There are also a few prospects from areas that the Griz have not recruited that much in the past (Virginia?), but overall I think it will take a year or two to see where the new Griz coach Pflugrad establishes his recruiting grounds.