The Ultimate Guide to Recruiting Dallas-Fort Worth

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In our attempt to serve all coaches by creating the Ultimate Guide to Recruiting Dallas-Fort Worth, we asked those of you that know the area to reach into the vault and share your knowledge. And did you ever. 

Best Places to Eat

Breakfast: Cindi's, Barbeck's, Crossroads Diner, Taco Joint, Whataburger

Lunch: Prairie House (Scoop approved), Angry Dog, Fuzzy's Tacos, Rusty Taco, Gyro House in Arlington, Off the Bone Barbecue in Fort Worth, Wingfield's, Rudy's Chicken

Dinner: Joe T. Garcia's (Fort Worth), Smokey John's Barbecue, Brooklyn's Best, Sam's Pizza in Cedar Hill, Bangkok Palace, Chinatown, Texas Land and Cattle

One coach broke it down by genre:

Burgers: Maple and Motor, Jake's, Keller's, Fred's (Fort Worth), Kinkaid's (Fort Worth), Twisted Root, Stack House, The Commissary, Chip's, J.G.'s

AA Twisted Root

Tex-Mex: Rafa's, Mi Cocina, El Fenix, Gloria's (Scoop approved), Uncle Julio's, Vera Cruz

AA Uncle Julios

Pizza: Louie's, Campisi's 

Best Place to Stay

DFW Sheraton: "Easiest access to all the major roads east and west."

"Do not expect to get from Denton back to Arlington in any timely fashion at all from 3:30pm on - bottleneck traffic. Stay central to where you recruit. I had the Western part of the Metroplex and usually stayed in Arlington."

Best Places to Spend Your Down Time

The Loon, The Old Monk, Capital Pub, Quarter Bar, Tate's, Southlake Town Center, Top Golf


Best High School Staffs to Sit Down and Talk Ball With

"Joey Florence from Denton Ryan (who just stepped down) is awesome"... "Carlos Lynn at Arlington Seguin is as great as there is".... "Either Fuller brother, Mike at Colleyville Heritage or Trent at Arlington Lamar are great ones"... "Kevin Atkinson at Denton High is awesome".... "Scott Peach from Arlington High is great to get on the board with offensively"... "James Brown at Mansfield is always great"... "Brian Brazil at Hebrion is always good to me"... "Mike Wheeler at Dallas Christian is great".... "Joey McGuire at Cedar Hill treats me like a king every time I go"... "They better come see me at Carrollton Creekview". Other coaches that garnered some love... Calvin Ruzicka (Cedar Hill), Red Behrens (Sachse), Marty Secord (Frisco Wakeland), Vance Gibson (Frisco) and Scott Nady (Parish Episcopal).

Which Coaches From Other Colleges Do You Hope to Bump Into?

Texas A&M wide receivers coach David Beatty and former Tulsa offensive coordinator Greg Peterson drew the highest praise ("These two treat every person the same, doesn't matter the level. Outstanding people."), followed by Grand View (Iowa) assistants Joe Woodley and Austin Flynn ("As big time as there is. Don't let the level fool you, they're there because they want to be."). North Texas offensive coordinator Mike Canales, Baylor linebackers coach Jim Gush and Baylor running backs coach Jeff Lebby also drew praise.

What Other Secrets to Recruiting DFW Can You Share?

"Don’t waste time checking in at the front, these ball coaches are ready. It saves time to find the back door."

"There is so much 'hidden' talent here it is disgusting. Kids that don't get a look but that are awesome football players - have some balls and take what you see on film as a good player."

This from a high school coach: "I would think that if they can find some kids that others are not in on, then they are doing the real work. Finding the 8-stars? No big deal. Finding the hidden gems? They are all over the Metroplex, just hidden in plain sight."

"STAY AWAY FROM 635!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"


We plan to bring you many more of these Ultimate Recruiting Guides, with South Florida coming soon. Let us know what other areas you'd like to see us feature (New Orleans? Chicago? DC? LA?). Send suggestions and your contact info to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., on Twitter @zach_barnett or at (940) 395-0496.

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