On the Golic and Wingo show this morning, Herm Edwards was asked about what has been the biggest difference from the last time he had been a head coach that he didn’t expect when he took the head coaching job at Arizona State.
Not surprisingly, Edwards notes that recruiting has been the biggest adjustment he’s had to make.
“Where recruiting has gone,” Edwards opens up by explaining. “Mike, this is almost like professional football when it comes to recruiting kids and evaluating these guys. It’s big. We’re already on the 2019 guys,” Edwards shared, followed by his signature chuckle.
“I basically came in here and set up a pro model of how we’re going to go about evaluating players. But the evaluation is the key here in college football. It’s not like in pro football. In pro football, it’s interesting because when you win, you draft last but in college football you recruit. You have to go after guys.”
“It’s, I’ll tell you what now, you’re not only recruiting kids, sometimes you’re trying to recruit the parent too. That’s what amazing. You have to stay in contact with these kids.”
“I’m calling these kids all the time, making visits, I’m all over the place and you’re asking an 18 year old kid to come to your university and a lot of these kids have no idea why they’re going to go to your university. They don’t know. They want to be recruited. They want to know how many people are coming to their house, how many head coaches are calling them. It’s an amazing deal.”
If you haven’t seen Herm’s reaction his first day on the job in Tempe to what uniforms look like today, now would be a great time to see that gem.
Head to about the 19 minute mark to hear Herm’s full thoughts on recruiting from his appearance on the Golic and Wingo show this morning. You can also catch it via iTunes here.