Some interesting quotes from around the country:
Quoting UCONN head coach Randy Edsall: "I don't want to negative recruit against myself. You've been to Storrs, Conn. There ain't a whole lot there. When you don't have the history and tradition that a lot of the other schools have, when you come in to recruit, you better have something to offset that. That's where the facilities come into play. There's nobody in the country that has anything better."
Georgia player Bacarri Rambo describes defensive coordinator Todd Grantham: “He’s like a father figure. I feel like I can go to him and talk to him about stuff that’s not related to football. Like if I’m having a family problem or school problem, I can go to his office and he always talks to me and [tells] me to come to his office and talk to him about my personal problems and stuff.”
Quoting Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham: “[Players] have to trust that you believe in them and that you’re looking out for their best interest. I think it’s just about treating each person with the respect that you would want as a player and just trying to get to know your players and always communicate with them.”
Houston DC Brian Stewart says his outlook has changed: "My outlook has changed tremendously. You have to understand there are naysayers and people who don't like you; don't try to please the naysayers and don't kiss the other people's butts. Be yourself, and let it go. I want to be a great football coach and work in an environment where I can be treated with respect and be liked. But I want people to know I can do this and that I know what I'm doing."
Jimbo Fisher describes when Nick Saban hired him at LSU: “He called me out of the blue. I was coaching at Cincinnati, he got the job at LSU. And he had heard my name from some people and he called me up. Matter of fact, I was home at Thanksgiving, after our season at Cincinnati was over … we had a meeting at his house. After we interviewed about 20 minutes, he stopped and walked upstairs and offered me the job … first time I'd ever talked to him.”
Les Miles talks about Jordan Jefferson: "Jordan has started to realize that quarterback is more than a position. He's not just calling a play. Jordan has to have a wider, more encompassing vision of the position."
San Jose State head coach Mike MacIntyre talks about assistant Bryant Young: "The thing that you're sometimes concerned about with guys who come out of the NFL is that they really don't understand the grind of coaching. But B.Y. completely understands. He's a very hard worker and does a great job of relating to young men."
Quoting Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe: "What we've got more than anything is an enthusiastic group that's excited about playing defense. I think that's the most important thing. It's a pretty physical unit. They like to mix it up. They like to get 11 guys around the football. ... This is a defensive football team that can be a pretty good one."
Skip Holtz shows off future practice facility at South Florida: