Yesterday, Wild at Heart Nole questioned the notion that every Nole recruit must come complete with a halo. Today, a coach's perspective. Dick Hopkins, former FSU player and coach (and Tennessee-Chattanooga's D-Coordinator) explains how a number of factors actually make it harder to evaluate how players will behave when they hit campus:
"They've really watered down recruiting. We don't get to spend as much time with the kids as we used to when I first got in the business. In the spring, we're only allowed to see the kids on a limited basis. Then in the fall during the contact period, you're only allowed to go out once a week. In the old days, if we really wanted to recruit somebody, we'd stay there at the school three or four days and get to know everybody from the cafeteria workers to the janitors. That helped us do a better background check on the kids. And now the big schools are getting their commitments much earlier, during their junior years. So they've kind of put the process in fast forward. And that's another reason we don't get to know the kids near as well as we used to."