Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?
We look for someone who is willing to commit to our three core values as a team. These are relentlessly competing, rigorous self discipline and embracing accountability. We do not want to spend time after the recruit gets here figuring out whether they want to get on the bus or get off. We want guys that are on the bus from the beginning and can assimilate into the culture that we’ve created seamlessly. We can only recruit players who have good academic standing, so that takes care of itself. We obviously want to attract the most talented young men as well, but we believe that if we can take care of everything we need to off the field then we will be successful on the field.
Could you give us an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?
We had a senior quarterback this year who excelled because he was willing to have difficult conversations with people that he cared a lot about. These conversations were often not the most popular to have, however as an extension of the coaching staff off the field he was able to lead by example and make sure that we had a common vision moving forward.