South Carolina special teams coordinator / recruiting coordinator Shane Beamer wishes the Gamecocks had landed these 3 players: "It's critical for us in this state to keep the best players in this state at home. Coach Spurrier and I were talking about this yesterday. You know, arguably three of the top five or six picks in the NFL draft this year are guys from this state, from the same area (Da'Quan Bowers, A.J. Green, Robert Quinn). They came out the same year, and we didn't get any of them. There's great high school football in this state; great players and great coaches. We want to do our part to get them to stay at home and go to USC."
Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson says coaches never really know the work ethic of a recruit until he joins the team: “I don’t think anyone really knows how hard a guy is going to work. Some guys have reached their peak; some guys are just scratching the surface. And people talk about ‘impact players’: A very small number of guys are ‘impact players.’ Go back to last year’s [Tech] group, where we had two guys go in the first round. [Receiver Demaryius] Thomas was redshirted as a freshman, and [defensive end] Derrick Morgan didn’t have a great freshman year. But they became playmakers.”
Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick admits to Rivals.com that he wanted to know Brian Kelly’s plan to rebuild the defense, first and foremost, during his interview: “Yeah, because again, for me it's not about tell me what you run, it's tell me how you're going to build a program that's going to play great defense. Who are you going to attract to the staff? What's your approach to recruiting for defense? And so it was all about defense because I believe, as he does too, you want to have a great offense, but the constant is defense because that's what you see of the best teams. Even more than that, when you play where we play with the schedule we play, you better have defense.”