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What are your thoughts on USF’s recruiting?

Posted May 6, 2010 by Scott Carter

Updated May 6, 2010 at 03:09 PM

Not too long ago, the title of “director of player personnel’’ was one associated mostly with professional sports.

However, in recent years, more and more college teams are using the title.

When Florida State hired Bob LaCivita in 2007, instead of naming him director of football operations like his title at Florida under Urban Meyer, he was named director of player personnel.

Alabama coach Nick Saban refers to the position as director of player development.

At USF, Carl Franks took on the new title of director of player personnel last week; Pat Burnham is now assistant director of football operations.

When Skip Holtz replaced Jim Leavitt, one of his first tasks was hiring a coaching staff and then deciding on titles. Franks, former running backs coach/recruiting coordinator, remained on staff despite Holtz hiring for his previous positions.

In his new role, Franks will work closely with Burnham as the two identify and monitor recruiting targets for Holtz and his staff to chase, along with other numerous duties related to off-the-field success. Franks is also known as a good recruiter and that can only help in his less visible, but in the grand scheme, perhaps more important role as recruiting techniques and philosophies continue to change due to technology and greater parity.

From what you know about USF’s recruiting efforts toward the class of 2011, what are your thoughts? Did you expect maybe a couple of more verbal commitments by now? Any particular player you really want to see USF pursue?

I’d like to hear what you think.

Reader Comments

Por (Rocky) on May 06, 2010 (Suggest removal)

Look at what Franks has done as a recruiter.
Five NFL draft picks plus other signings this year alone.
The fact that we didn’t win more games is more about coaching than recruiting.
Franks and Holtz will make a great combo.

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Por (Brian) on May 06, 2010 (Suggest removal)

I can’t figure out how we can have a great 2011 class if the level of expansion speculation persists all of the 2010 season.  Even if the NCAA came out and said that the net result of expansion will be that MORE teams will be in a BCS conference, it would give me optimism that I now lack.

Before our future was dangled in front of our faces and every other school was given the perfect strategy to negative-recruit against USF.  I predicted Skip was going to bring USF its best class ever and get our hat on the table when James Wilder picked on NLI day (he’d of picked someone else though). . . . . . . . now we’ll grind out a class ranked in the 50’s.

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Por (Hector Jimenez) on May 07, 2010 (Suggest removal)

I do follow recruiting beyond was is reported on the blog.  I like to see the guys perform at the college level before deciding if they were or were not worth the recruiting.  But it does strike me that USF has had only one maybe two verbals….under CJL we would have had at least eight. 

With that said, out of those eight 6 would be RBs and 2 would be DL personnel.  I think I like Holtz apporach better….maybe more methodical and more targeted.

I do wonder how probable expansion or collapse of some BCS leagues will impact this year’s recruiting…..sadly, our future will depend on that.

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Por (Dan Alatorre) on May 07, 2010 (Suggest removal)

we had some guys who were good recruiters, so it’s smart to keep them on to do that

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Por (Scott Carter) on May 10, 2010 (Suggest removal)

Brian, you make a good point about all the expansion talk. Depends on how much negative recruiting a coach/school does, but you can bet the future of the Big East as a football conference will be brought up by certain recruiters in talks with recruits considering a Big East school.

USF has turned up its recruiting efforts since the end of spring practice, so I expect a few more verbal commitments heading into the summer. Maybe not as many as Leavitt’s staff traditionally had, but more than the one for the 2011 far in WR Alex Mut.

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