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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.