Every Pac-12 Coach's Best Recruiting Pitch
National signing day is just around the corner, and every coach across the country is trying his hardest to convince that special prospect to sign on the dotted line.
While we may never know what these expert recruiters say to prospective players, what if we were to get inside on some of these last-minute conversations?
With so much going on in the Pac-12, particularly with USC down and Chip Kelly gone to the NFL, it just might be anyone's game.
So, what might be each coach's best recruiting pitch? Read on.
Rich Rodriguez, Arizona Wildcats
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The New Mexico Bowl showed that Arizona will not give up against any deficit. This offense is already clicking on all cylinders by averaging 38.2 points per game.
Kinda like what I built at West Virginia.
And yes, we are going to pretend that I never went to Michigan...
Todd Graham, Arizona State Sun Devils
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Arizona State is becoming one of the hottest places in the Pac-12, and I don't mean just by the temperature.
We have a great offense combined with a solid defense. And did you see what we did to our rivals, the Wildcats? We expect to be even hotter in 2013.
And I promise, guys: I'm not going anywhere.
Sonny Dykes, California Golden Bears
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I built the nation's No. 1 offense at Louisiana Tech. My Bulldogs averaged more than 50 points per game in 2012.
Move over Oregon, because Cal is going to be the best offense in the West.
Mike MacIntryre, Colorado Buffaloes
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It's true. The state of Colorado football has never been worse. The Buffaloes have been the laughing stock of the Pac-12 as they've gone 3-10 in 2011 and 1-11 last season.
Colorado is too good of a program to be down for this long, and I'm the man who will turn it around.
Look what I did at San Jose State. I turned a 1-12 team into an 11-2 team in three seasons. I have the experience and determination to change Colorado from a Pac-12 bottom feeder to a true contender.
So, what do you say we put Colorado back on the map?
Mark Helfrich, Oregon Ducks
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There was more to Oregon football than Chip Kelly. We will surely miss him, but don't worry: The Ducks will be as explosive as ever.
After all, I've been coaching this offense since 2009.
We've still got Marcus Mariota and the most explosive offense in the country. We'll wish Coach Kelly well, but we'll be just fine.
Mike Riley, Oregon State Beavers
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Some people question whether or not I still had it after going 3-9 in 2011.
After finishing 9-4 in 2012, I proved that I still do.
With Chip Kelly out of the way, I'm going to make Corvallis the premier destination in Oregon. We have two great quarterbacks and could very well challenge the Ducks this season.
David Shaw, Stanford Cardinal
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There's no better time to wear the Stanford Cardinal.
Some people thought that Stanford was done after Jim Harbaugh and Andrew Luck left for the NFL. Our Pac-12 championship and Rose Bowl win proved otherwise.
Stanford is here to stay.
Our program is in the best shape it has ever been. We will compete for Pac-12 championships year in and year out. And with Oregon's Chip Kelly gone to the NFL, we will establish ourselves as the premier power in the Pac-12 North.
Finally, make no mistake: We will compete for a national championship.
Oh, and you get a degree from Stanford. How cool is that?
Lane Kiffin, USC Trojans
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Yes, 2012 was a bit of a disappointment. However, USC is too prestigious of a program to be down for long.
And lest you forget, I was on the coaching staff during the glory days of Pete Carroll. I know what it means to be a Trojan. It means winning championships.
Don't worry: I'll stick around and get it done.
Jim Mora, UCLA Bruins
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I broke USC's Los Angeles monopoly on college football.
After just one year, the Bruins are back and have won a Pac-12 South title. We came close to taking out Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game.
And we're just getting started.
Unlike Lane Kiffin and our rival across town, the Bruins are on the rise. Will you rise with us?
Kyle Whittingham, Utah Utes
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Utah may be a bit down right now, but I'm not a coach to underestimate.
Yes, our transition from the Mountain West to the Pac-12 has been anything but smooth, but we've exceeded expectations before. Doubters said that the Utes wouldn't be able to go to another BCS bowl after Urban Meyer left. They said that we didn't have a chance against the likes of Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.
Oh, and if you like beating your rivals, I have a three-game winning streak over BYU.
Steve Sarkisian, Washington Huskies
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Here at Washington, we are so close to putting together all the elements to make a magic run at a Pac-12 title. In 2011 the offense was ahead of the defense, and in 2012 it was the other way around.
2013 will be more about balance, I promise you.
And if you want to spend a day at the lake after winning a game, that's fine with me.
Mike Leach, Washington State Cougars
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While 2012 wasn't exactly what Washington State fans were looking for, did you see what I did at Texas Tech? Besides, I claimed the Apple Cup against a ranked Washington squad in just my first year.
Besides, you've always wanted to combine football with pirates, right?