Tedford on social media and recruiting
Jeff Tedford says that he has used his Twitter account just once, and that was to tweet that he was heading to a concert.
"...and my wife almost threw me out of the car." Tedford said.
Yesterday, after introducing their 17 man recruiting class, Tedford acknowledged that social media is a huge part of how teenagers communicate in today's society. "It's just kind of the times we live in now. It's been a very unique recruiting season...unlike any other. With the Twitter and the Facebook...it's just a different day and age." Tedford went on to say that he thinks that him and his assistants need to better understand how to use social media to aid in recruiting efforts.
Tedford added that he has never seen a time where "a 17- or 18-year-old can get up and type four words in the morning, hit 'send' and everyone goes into a tailspin."
Gus shows off his pitch
Recently Gus Malzahn spent some time with the guys at ESPN and he filmed the piece below which aired earlier today. He did a mock "in home" visit with a quarterback prospect.
He's smooth; and yes this was all done in fun; but we'd love to hear your comments on this one.
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Vandy is back at it
Just a quick look this time; but you know they will roll out more later.
Once again, the esteemed Charles Huff at the podium...
Sark using video games to his advantage
It looks like Sark has been getting some help from EA sports to impress his new signing class.
Sark has put together some impressive highlights using EA Sports NCAA Football 2012 to show the members of his signing class what they're going to look like making plays in the purple and gold.
Great move by Sark and the rest of the staff.
Inside the war room at Florida State
Another signing day means one more of the top recruiting classes in the country for Jimbo Fisher.
The video below gives us a quick look inside of the war room for the Seminoles, and how excited the coaching staff gets when all of their hard work pays off.
Especially when that player is the Eddie Goldman, the #1 ranked defensive tackle in the nation.
Coach Speak: Stanford's Jason Tarver
In Stanford's latest addition to their "Coach Speak" series they sit down with co-defensive coordinator / inside linebackers coach Jason Tarver.
Tarver talks about the defensive coaches two main priorities at Stanford being #1 to make players better on the field and in the classroom, and #2 to get all 11 guys to know where each other are, and to swarm to the football.
Tarver also touches on their teaching progression and how they categorize their defensive calls to make things easier on the players.
As always, there's some great practice clips of Coach Tarver in action during practice as well. The five minutes below are well worth a look.
Video: Jim Mora on his first signing day
Jim Mora got an early start to the morning, arriving at the office well before 4 am prepared to receive faxes from many of UCLA's east coast recruits.
While today ends the pursuit of 2012 recruits, Mora keeps things in perspective saying "..quite frankly, it all starts again tomorrow for 2013".
Mora says that he has been lucky to assemble a staff full of experienced recruiters, and he is learning a great deal about the recruiting process from them.