Originally Posted by WVRed
As long as he can come in and implement something that players will want to play for, he will be somewhat successful. I'd rather go with an offensive coordinator or defensive coordinator than a recruiting coordinator. At least you have some niche that may work. If you are a recruiting specialist, your job has always been on selling kids on playing for somebody else.
The problem is trying to convince recruits to stay home and play for the Hoosiers when you have the following problems:
1. Basketball overshadows football. As a Kentucky fan I can tell you this one hurts.
2. Indiana isn't the most popular football school in the state right now. That title would belong to Notre Dame, but given the academics at ND, you might get some kids who couldn't make the grades there.
3. Other prestigious schools can usually scoop up the top talent. Whoever this coach is needs to find the best players available to fit the system.
Best of luck to IU and I hope this works out.
#1 I agree with all of these, but as Kentucky has shown, there are ways to make the basketball tradition a plus rather than a minus. If Kevin Wilson gets IU to 5 consecutive bowl games, they'll build a statue for him.
#2 Notre Dame has always recruited nationally, so it's not as big of a factor as you'd think. But until recently, Purdue was the #1 team in terms of instate talent. As I said in a previous post, that has started to change.
#3 This is a huge problem, whether it was Rex Grossman going from Bloomington to Florida, or Morgan Newton heading from Carmel IN to Kentucky, IU has to keep its top players in state and more importantly in Bloomington.