Every BCS School's Best Recruiting Pitch for Class of 2014

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IJuly 24, 2013

Every BCS School's Best Recruiting Pitch for Class of 2014

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    Acquiring players and building teams in college football is different than in the pros. Draft prospects must sell themselves to NFL teams, while college coaches must sell themselves and their programs to recruits.

    Like every salesman, each college coach has a sales pitch. Whether it is based on winning tradition, location, academics, playing for a specific coach or the chance to receive early playing time, every school has a dependable recruiting pitch it gives to prospects.

    A program that does not have a great location pitches its mystique and tradition, among other things. A Pac-12 program sells recruits on its facilities and style of football, while a school in a large state can pitch to recruits the idea of staying in their native state while still playing in the top conference in the country.

Wake Forest

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    Jim Grobe is 73-74 as head coach of the Demon Deacons. But he took a Wake Forest team that finished 11-3 to the Orange Bowl after winning the ACC in 2006, proving that he knows how to produce a championship-caliber team.

    Wake Forest's coaching staff sells recruits on playing at a university with strong academics, while still being in a BCS conference. Also, Grobe can tell a recruit that the Demon Deacons have played in a BCS bowl game, and with that recruit's help, they can do it again.

Virginia Tech

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    Virginia Tech has been led by Frank Beamer since 1987, and he's won more than 200 games during his time in Blacksburg. So stability is the theme of the Hokies' program.

    The Hokies have the ability to tell recruits that by signing with them, a player does not have to worry about the head coach leaving for another college job or the NFL. Also, Virginia Tech has played in six BCS games under Beamer, so winning is also part of its recruiting pitch. 


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    Mike London is changing the culture in Charlottesville, and he is telling recruits to come help build something special. Virginia is enjoying a great recruiting class, and it has picked up solid talent in previous hauls under London.

    Results still need to be seen on the field, but the Cavaliers are selling recruits on playing at a school with solid academics, while growing with a young and talented roster being constructed the right way. 


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    Scott Shafer is now the head coach at Syracuse, as Doug Marrone left for the Buffalo Bills' job. Shafer made his mark as an assistant coach on defense,, so look for the Orange to be improved on that side of the ball.

    Shafer is going to pitch the chance to play a tough and physical brand of football to all recruits. Teams may have more talent than the Orange, but look for Shafer to sell recruits on outworking their opponents, hustling and being gritty enough to win football games. 


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    Paul Chryst was once the offensive coordinator at Wisconsin, so he knows firsthand how a team with solid fundamentals, toughness and expert coaching can prevail against teams that sign sexier recruiting classes. 

    Although he likely does not mention the Badgers by name, Chryst is pitching the "Wisconsin Way' to recruits at Pittsburgh. The chance to be properly developed as a player, play in a BCS conference and be part of a stable program under his leadership is his best sell to prospects around the Keystone State. 

North Carolina State

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    North Carolina State is one the nation's top sleeping giant programs. The Wolfpack have good talent in their state, play in a BCS conference and are located in Raleigh, an attractive place to live.

    New coach Dave Doeren has provided a jolt to N.C. State's recruiting efforts. He is able to pitch that his teams went 23-4 in his only two seasons at Northern Illinois, with his last team earning an Orange Bowl berth.

    Doeren can tell a recruit that he should sign with the Wolfpack because if he won at NIU with lesser talent AND FEWER RESOURCES, he will win big at N.C. State with greater talent and more resources.

North Carolina

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    The Tar Heels have a solid program that has always been an enigma. The basketball program will always be No. 1 in the athletic department, but the football program has the resources to be one of the best in the country.

    Larry Fedora has brought great energy to Chapel Hill, and he has landed top-grade talent. His best pitch to recruits is to come to North Carolina to help wake a sleeping giant of a program while receiving a quality degree.

    If the Tar Heels are successful, the recruits who helped them reach their goals will never be forgotten.


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    Miami is one of the most recognizable college football programs in the nation. Many recruits in South Florida grow up rooting for the Hurricanes, as a sense of pride and loyalty to the Hurricanes is implanted in them at an early age. 

    Al Golden pitches to Miami-area prospects the chance to follow in their idols' footsteps, while staying right at home and playing in front of their family and friends. For prospects not from Miami, Golden can pitch the program's winning history and weather.  


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    The Terrapins are not a program that comes to mind immediately when thinking of college football. However, Randy Edsall has been able to attract solid talent to College Park.

    Edsall can pitch several advantages to prospects, the first being Maryland is soon moving to the Big Ten. The next is playing time, as he is not afraid to play true freshmen and will put them in critical roles.

    Love or hate them, Maryland also some "interesting" uniform combinations that are liked by some recruits. Another recruiting pitch for the Terps is their close relationship with equipment supplier Under Armour.

Georgia Tech

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    Georgia Tech is not going to sign many 5-star or 4-star prospects. Paul Johnson is not a flashy coach, and he runs an Option offense that goes against the grain of what other programs do.

    Johnson has to be honest with recruits, as he must sell them on the high academic standards at Georgia Tech and the opportunity to play a high level of football. Johnson can pitch to a recruit that signing with the Yellow Jackets is best for them because his program will best develop the prospect as a man and football player. 

Florida State

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    The Seminoles do not often have to sell themselves to recruits, as their program is among the elite in college football. Jimbo Fisher has modified the program to fit his vision, as the Bobby Bowden days are over in Tallahassee.

    Fisher can pitch recruits on the idea of coming to FSU to help restore the program's winning ways, all while playing in big games in front of an intense fanbase surrounded by many talented teammates.

    Every recruit wants to win, and Florida State has won in the past and is winning under Fisher. Offering the best chance to win is always a convincing recruiting pitch. 


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    Duke is not a powerhouse college football program by any means, but it does have some advantages to pitch to recruits.

    The first is obviously the university's excellent academic reputation.

    The next pitch is that David Cutcliffe knows how to develop quarterbacks. He works with Peyton and Eli Manning to this day, as both Super Bowl MVPs have great respect for him.

    The last pitch to prospects is that they could play early in Durham.


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    Faith plays a strong role in Clemson's program. The chance to play in big games while growing spiritually is an opportunity that is attractive to many recruits.

    Clemson also has a family feel to its program, as the community is small and passionately supports the football team. The campus is gorgeous, and the town has a true "college" feel to it.  

    Swinney is fiercely loyal to all of his players, and can pitch a comfortable environment that will challenge a recruit to be the best player and person he can be. 

Boston College

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    Boston College is another school with an admirable academic reputation. The Eagles are led by Steve Addazio, who was once an assistant coach at Florida.

    Addazio has increased communication on the recruiting trail, which has led to better results, as the Eagles have the No. 28 recruiting class, according to 247Sports.

    Addazio can sell recruits on the chance to bring B.C. "back", residing in a historic city, receiving an outstanding degree and playing in a BCS conference. 

West Virginia

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    Dana Holgorsen is one of the elite offensive minds in the country. The Mountaineers score a ton of points, trust their offensive system and play with great confidence. 

    West Virginia's recruiting pitch can work well on offensive and defensive prospects. Offensive players can be sold on playing in a fun system that has a proven history of lighting up scoreboards.

    Defensive recruits can be sold on the idea of likely getting early playing time because the Mountaineers are not exactly known for stopping teams from scoring touchdowns. 

Texas Tech

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    Kliff Kingsbury has returned to his alma mater as head coach, and the Red Raiders will be better for it in the long run. Kingsbury has a lot of confidence and conviction in his methods, along with being a young coach who can relate well to today's players. 

    Kingsbury is going to likely combine the Spread offense he ran at Texas A&M with the Air Raid attack the Red Raiders have become known for. This will create an exciting brand of football that will keep Texas Tech in games versus better opponents, creating opportunities for upsets.

    Kingsbury's pitch to recruits will be based on confidence, as he will sell them on taking Texas Tech to a new level under his leadership. 


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    Mack Brown is one of the best recruiting head coaches to ever run a program. His 2002 recruiting class is among the best off all time, and Texas recruits at a high clip every cycle.

    Brown is like the cool grandfather most of us had as kids. He is personable and knows how to make anyone feel comfortable.

    He pitches Lone Star State prospects the idea of staying in Texas, playing for its dominant program that has a history of winning, a great fanbase and awesome facilities in a city that is great for young people. 


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    TCU is slowly starting to make progress on the recruiting trail. The Horned Frogs now have the ability to tell recruits that they are in a BCS conference.

    Garry Patterson, who is one of the smartest coaches in America, also sells the idea of being properly developed as a player to a prospect. Patterson and his staff are outstanding at developing talent, as recruits sign with their program and grow each year as players.

    TCU also is in Ft. Worth, which is close to the big city of Dallas. 

Oklahoma State

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    Oklahoma is a hated rival of Oklahoma State, as the Sooners have always been the "big brother" in the rivalry. However, Bob Stoops' program is not as dominant as it once was, while Mike Gundy has the Cowboys clicking on all cylinders.

    Gundy can tell recruits to come and help him finally bury Oklahoma, while playing in a high-scoring offense. Defensive recruits will likely hear a pitch centered around being developed by defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer, and helping change the Cowboys' defensive reputation. 


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    The Sooners do an excellent job of recruiting their state along with tapping into the fertile grounds of Texas. Bob Stoops is a great coach, and Oklahoma has played in eight BCS bowl games during his tenure.

    However, Oklahoma has not been as dominant as it was in the past. The Sooners have lost 13 games over the past four seasons, and Stoops has earned a reputation for not being able to consistently win big games.

    Stoops' best pitch to 2014 recruits should be based on them being able to bring Oklahoma "back". Re-establishing the Sooners as a dominant program in the Big 12 would be great motivation.

    He should talk about Josh Heupel, Jason White and Adrian Peterson and tell recruits that if they come to Norman, they will enjoy the same individual and team success those former great players enjoyed. 

Kansas State

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    The Wildcats do not find themselves in the Top 25 recruiting rankings often, and they rarely sign for 5-star recruits.

    However, Kansas State consistently contends for Big 12 titles due to its coach, Bill Snyder.

    Snyder likes to recruit JUCO prospects, as Kansas State is a transfer-friendly school. He also can pitch his proven history of winning, being away from distractions that come with playing in a big city and the stability of the program. 


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    Charlie Weis went 1-11 in his opening season as head coach of the Jayhawks. The culture of the program needs to change, and Weis will work diligently to mold Kansas into his image.

    On the recruiting trail, Weis is selling early playing time, according to Rob Cassidy of Rivals.com. Weis knows his roster is not the most talented in the Big 12, so a recruit who signs with him has an excellent chance of playing right away.

    Any recruit who wants the best chance of not redshirting should take a long look at Kansas. 

Iowa State

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    The Cyclones are not a recruiting juggernaut, and they are not a dominant program in the Big 12. However, Paul Rhoads has taken Iowa State to three bowl games during his 4-year tenure as head coach.

    Rhoads understands he is not going to sign a recruiting class full of superstars. However, he can pitch to prospects around Iowa that he runs a solid program, based on good, honest and clean values.

    Rhoads can assure a parent their child will be taken care of in Ames, and that they will be part of an upset victory or two.  


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    Led by Art Briles, Baylor is a program on the rise. The Bears run a spread offense that scores a lot of points and entertains its fans. Soon enough, Baylor will be and among the elite Big 12 programs.

    Briles can pitch to recruits that they can help Baylor end the monopoly Texas has on the state, while also playing for a program that has fun in front of a solid fanbase. 


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    George O'Leary does not have have to sell Florida prospects the idea of ruling Conference USA, as the Knights are now members of the American Athletic Conference, which is a BCS league.

    O'Leary, who is 60-55 at Central Florida, can pitch to recruits the vision of helping the Knights make history by playing in a a BCS bowl, while living in the lovely city of Orlando. That is not a bad sales pitch to young 17 and 18 year old recruits. 


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    Matt Rhule is in his first year as head coach of the Owls, as he previously was an offensive assistant for the New York Giants. However, Rhule was an assistant coach at Temple from 2006-2011, and he knows the nuances of the program.

    Rhule has the chance to pitch to recruits the chance to live in Philadelphia, earn a great degree and perhaps play earlier at Temple than they would at another school. 

South Florida

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    Former coach Skip Holtz could not get the job done in Tampa, so Willie Taggart is now in charge of the Bulls.

    Taggart is a young head coach with a lot of energy who also is from Florida. His recruiting pitch to recruits will be about building South Florida to rival Florida, Florida State and Miami.

    Taggart can tell recruits that they can blaze their own path and be original stars while playing in an NFL stadium, rather than going to one of the Big Three Sunshine State schools and just being another good player.


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    June Jones is the godfather of the Run 'N' Shoot offense, and still runs the attack at Southern Methodist. Recruits have the opportunity to play in a big city in Dallas, while also knowing that the Mustangs are gradually growing as a program.

    Jones has won seven or more games in each season since 2009, while going to four straight bowl games. He is a winner who can tell a stud recruit that with their talent and his coaching, they can work wonders together at SMU.

    Bringing the program back to where it was during its golden era during the 1970s and 1980s is always the overall goal of SMU football. 


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    Kyle Flood is passionate about Rutgers, and it's noticeable in recruiting. The Scarlet Knights are enjoying a great recruiting cycle, as they have the No. 21 class, according to 247Sports.

    Flood's program has the advantage of being close to New York City, while still being able to reside in a college town like Piscataway. The Scarlet Knights are also moving to the Big Ten, which is a superior league to the American Athletic Conference. 

    The chance to live close to New York, while playing in a BCS conference for a school who has had several solid seasons is an attractive opportunity to recruits. Also, any elite recruit who signs with Rutgers in 2014 should see playing time as a true freshman. 


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    College football fans do not think of Memphis when they think of the classic juggernauts. Justin Fuente is fine with that, as he can tell a recruit to come help him put Memphis on the map.

    The Tigers went 4-8 in 2012, which was Fuente's first season as head coach. He has a plan in place to improve the program's stature, and becoming a member of a BCS conference (American Athletic Conference) will help.

    Memphis is a good city, and the people will passionately support their sports teams if improvement is shown, evidenced by the Memphis Grizzlies' now being popular in the state of Tennessee. 


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    Charlie Strong is coming off a season capped by his team dominating Florida in the Sugar Bowl. The Cardinals are a program on the rise, as Strong is prepared to develop Louisville into an elite program.

    Strong's best pitch can be centered around the stability of his program, as well as how Louisville is joining the ACC in 2014.

    Also, Strong is not afraid to play a true freshman who displays the maturity to handle a key role on the team. The pitch can also include how well the fans support the football team, as they don't have much to do before basketball season. 


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    Houston is a good city to live in, as it is not too big but not too small. The Cougars could be a sleeping giant, as Houston and the rest of the state of Texas produces outstanding talent, while also being able to tap into nearby Louisiana. 

    Aside from pitching the chance to play early, Tony Levine can talk to a recruit about how Houston is moving from Conference USA to the AAC, which is a BCS conference. 


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    Recruits in the 2014 class who are considering the Huskies know that Paul Pasqualoni runs the program like an NFL organization. When he talks to them about playing at UConn, they are likely being sold on being prepared for how life would be like in the professional ranks.

    Prospects also should feel relaxed, as Pasqualoni is a huge believer in stability, evidenced by his 14-year tenure at Syracuse. Stability and NFL connections should be the main assets of Pasqualoni's recruiting pitch, along with playing in a BCS conference that does not have a true dominant program as a member, making the road smoother to a big bowl game. 


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    Tommy Tuberville is now the head coach of Cincinnati, and recruits who do not have an SEC offer have a chance to play for a coach who will run the program like a team from the mighty conference.

    Tuberville is not Butch Jones, as he likely will get rid of the spread offense the Bearcats ran under their former coach. Tuberville's teams at Auburn were physical, tough and had solid offensive and defensive lines.

    He will change the mood of the program, and can tell a recruit who is considering Cincinnati that they can receive the SEC experience as a Bearcat. 


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    Although Tim Beckman went 2-9 in his first season at Illinois, he must stay convinced that he is right man for the job. The Illini are not Michigan or Ohio State, but they have gone to two BCS bowl games in the era.

    Illinois played in the Sugar Bowl in 2002 and Rose Bowl in 2008. So Beckman can tell recruits that Illinois has had success in the past, and with their help, it can have success in the future. 


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    Indiana is not a football school, as the basketball program is top dog in Bloomington. However, Kevin Wilson will not let the lack of pressure create an environment of mediocrity.

    The Hoosiers are 2-14 in Big Ten conference play under Wilson, who is still trying to turn things around at Indiana.

    Early playing time and the chance to re-build a program essentially from the ground up, while also having the chance to score an upset or two each season, are likely Wilson's best assets in his 2014 recruiting pitch. 


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    Kirk Ferentz is 100-74 at Iowa, as he has been in charge of the program since 1999. The main weapon of the Hawkeyes' program is it's stability. Recruits who sign with Iowa can sleep well at night knowing that Ferentz is firmly planted in his position as head coach.

    Iowa does not reside in an ideal location for attracting talent, nor is it a dominant program in the B1G. But Ferentz can pitch to recruits that he is not going anywhere, and that they can help Iowa get back to a BCS bowl. 


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    Michigan is one of the classic programs of college football, as it can pitch many different things to a recruit. The program is nationally recognized, wins a lot of games, has a talented roster and plays in a stadium that seats more than 100,000 people every home game.

    The facilities in Ann Arbor are solid, and Brady Hoke can also sell 2014 recruits on the idea of playing with 2013 signee Shane Morris and 2014 commitment Jabrill Peppers. 

    A recruit who signs Michigan also guarantees himself a chance to play in big football games  with championship implications on the line. 

Michigan State

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    Mark Dantonio has one of the toughest recruiting jobs in the country. He must deal with Brady Hoke of Michigan, Urban Meyer of Ohio State and Notre Dame's Brian Kelly on the regional recruiting trail.

    However, Dantonio routinely has the Spartans ready to compete in the Big Ten every fall. Many good players do not receive the opportunity to play for Wolverines, Buckeyes or Fighting Irish, but Michigan State will play each of them before a 2014 recruit graduates.

    Dantonio can pitch to those recruits that they should come play for him, as they will have a chance to get revenge on all three rival programs. 


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    Minnesota is not going to win many recruiting battles versus juggernaut programs. The Gophers are not a nationally recognized program, nor have they had much recent success.

    However, Jerry Kill can sell recruits on the chance to come in and help change things right away. The chance to play early is always attractive to recruits, and early snaps are available at Minnesota. 


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    Nebraska is a program that boasts a passionate fanbase, a winning history, good facilities and a solid coach. Bo Pelini demands a lot from his players, and he can be a harsh critic, but he puts them in a great position to win football games.

    Pelini can tell recruits to come help him win the Big Ten, while playing in front of packed home stadium for a program than has been dominant in the past. Also, there is quality talent on Nebraska's roster, so recruits will be surrounded by other solid players.


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    Northwestern is the Big Ten's version of Stanford and Vanderbilt, as is has an exceptional academic reputation. 

    However, a recruit who signs with the Wildcats can earn a fantastic degree, while also playing for a solid football program.

    Another advantage of Northwestern is its head coach, Pat Fitzgerald. An alum of the school, Fitzgerald is a devout Wildcat who has great loyalty to the program. He is well-liked by many people in the business, especially his players. 

Ohio State

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    Ohio State's best recruiting pitch is the chance to play for Urban Meyer at a program known for winning. The Buckeyes are among the elite programs in the country, and Meyer is one of the best coaches in the business.

    The facilities are good in Columbus, the fanbase supports the program through thick and thin and players are treated like kings around campus. 

    A 2014 recruit who signs with Ohio State is assuring himself of the opportunity to play in many big games, and probably will win most of them. 

Penn State

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    This is certainly not a golden era of Penn State football, but Bill O'Brien can still sell the program to recruits while on the trail. The Nittany Lions are going to be an afterthought for several seasons, but O'Brien can pitch recruits the idea of shocking the world by surprising people.

    If a recruit is looking for a program who is definitely going to stick together, he needs to look hard at Penn State. 

    Also, O'Brien is a coach with an NFL background, so recruits who want to be prepared for the rigors of the pro ranks should seriously consider playing in Happy Valley. 


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    The Boilermakers are starting over under new coach Darrell Hazell, who must sell this to recruits in a positive manner. Hazell has to deliver a message that it is a new era in West Lafayette, and things are going to change for the better.

    He should challenge recruits to come join him, or get ran over when his train gets moving. Early playing time, playing in several great rivalry games and earning a solid degree are some advantages Hazell can use as part of his pitch to recruits. 


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    Gary Andersen is now in charge in Madison, as Bret Bielema bolted for Arkansas. Andersen's best recruiting pitch is the fact that he is not going to fix something that is not broken.

    He is going to keep the same mindset and approach that Wisconsin has had through the years. The Badgers are a program known for their tough and physical style of football, and Andersen will recruit the same kind of players that helped the program earn that reputation.

    Wisconsin also has a good fanbase, and the program knows how to do things the right way. The pitch of coming to a school to play solid football while being a good citizen is going to stay the same, no matter who is the head coach. 

Notre Dame

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    Notre Dame is one of the most storied sports teams in the world. The Irish boast exceptional tradition, many legendary former players and play in a historic stadium. Their fanbase has no limit, as the Irish are never alone during a road game.

    Brian Kelly can also sell the Notre Dame degree to recruits, as graduating from the university essentially assures a player will always be taken care of after the conclusion of his playing career. 


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    Rich Rodriguez went 8-5 in his first season in the desert, so his tenure is off to a solid start.

    Rodriguez can point to his success at West Virginia as part of his recruiting pitch. He went 60-26 in Morgantown, earning two BCS bowl berths.

    He has won before with his offensive and defensive systems, and can sell recruits on the idea of using the systems to win again, with this time being in a better conference. 

Arizona State

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    The Sun Devils are located in Tempe, which is close to Phoenix. Their stadium is one of the most well-lit in the country, they have solid facilities and play in a BCS conference.

    Also, Pac-12 South rival USC is vulnerable, so Arizona State can sell recruits on helping them overtake the Trojans and challenge for Rose Bowl berths. ASU also has a reputation for its fun atmosphere, which can be part of its pitch to 2014 recruits. 


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    Sonny Dykes is now in charge of the Bears, and he will bring his potent passing offense to Berkley. Dykes' teams score a lot of points, and play an exciting style of football, which should attract recruits.

    Cal also resides in an outstanding location, as San Francisco is a short drive from campus. UC Berkley also is an excellent school for academics, as a degree from Cal is a good boost on a resume. The fans also support the football team, and the gameday atmosphere is among the best in the Pac-12. 


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    The Buffaloes were once one of the better programs in college football. So their recent lack of success can be viewed more as a valley than a plateau. With patience and the right players, the program can get back to where it once was. 

    Colorado has a gorgeous campus, early playing time is available for recruits and a live buffalo is at its games. What more could a young prospect want?


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    Although Chip Kelly is now the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Oregon still should be able to sign solid recruiting classes. The facilities in Eugene are among the best in the country, and the Ducks have the best uniforms in college football.

    However, that is not all, as recruits can also be sold on Oregon's speed and flashy brand of football. Autzen Stadium is among the loudest in the country, the Ducks are a winning program and annually are in the hunt for the Pac-12 title.

Oregon State

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    After going 5-7 in 2010 and 3-9 in 2011 and still not getting fired, it is clear Mike Riley's job is safe at Oregon State. Of course, going 9-4 and reaching the Alamo Bowl in 2012 will help his cause, but stability is evident in the Beavers' program.

    Riley and his staff do not sign recruiting classes full of superstars, nor do they play a sexy style of football. However, they develop talent, prepare well during the week and win by outworking their opponent. 

    Recruits who wish to sign with a coaching staff that can be trusted, be developed into a good player and play in a couple of big games should look at Oregon State. 


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    Stanford can pitch to recruits that it offers them the best chance to earn an exceptional degree while playing elite football.

    David Shaw is one of the better coaches in the country, and the Stanford alumnus has the program running smoothly to the point that it expects to win the Pac-12 every year. The Cardinal also are attractive to recruits because they play a hard-nosed, physical style of football that has earned them the "throwback" label. 

    Stanford's campus is a must-see for any college football fan, and its location enjoys amazing weather. 


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    The Bruins are a program on the rise, as they can pitch several advantages to recruits. The first being their location, as Westwood is right near the beaches of Los Angeles. It also is not far from Beverly Hills and Hollywood. 

    UCLA also is a better football program than it is given credit for, as the Bruins have won 17 conference titles. Jim Mora is an energetic player's coach with an NFL background, that alone should catch the attention of recruits. 


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    USC has an excellent tradition of winning, a talented roster, great fanbase and has upgraded its facilities. Although Lane Kiffin has pressure on him, he and his staff are respected in coaching circles.

    USC offers a recruit national exposure, as the program routinely plays in nationally televised games. Early playing time can be obtained at USC, as it has shown in the past that it will immediately put a true freshman in a key role.

    The Trojans really don't have to pitch themselves to recruits often, as the program sells itself. If they have a solid 2013 season, expect the Trojans to elevate into the Top 25 recruiting rankings.


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    Utah is a program that is still working through the issues that come with moving into a conference that is better than your former league. However, Kyle Whittingham is a respected coach who will get the Utes back on track.

    He can pitch stability, player development and BCS conference membership to recruits. Utah also will begin to establish itself on the California recruiting trail. A Golden State recruit can be sold on the idea of getting away from California's programs that are located close to big cities, and coming to Utah to focus solely on football and academics. 


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    Steve Sarkisian is a former Pete Carroll assistant who helped build some of the legendary recruiting classes USC signed in the 2000s. He has seen the blueprint on how to evaluate, recruit and build a talented roster.

    Sarkisian can pitch Washington's isolated location in Seattle, great facilities and solid fanbase to recruits. His message to a prospect can be centered around them possibly being the one player that can take Washington from a middle-of-the-pack Pac-12 program, to an elite team. 

Washington State

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    Mike Leach is one of the most interesting coaches in the country, so anything can happen at Washington State. This feeling of mystique, along with Leach's pass-happy offense and interesting personality could be a recipe for booming results or disaster.

    The mystery could be part of a recruiting pitch to an intrigued recruit. Leach is still molding the Cougars into his image, so early playing time could be available in Pullman.


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    James Franklin has recruited well at Vanderbilt, as the talent on the roster has improved during his tenure. Franklin has done a fantastic job of embracing Vanderbilt's challenging academic requirements.

    He is honest about Vandy's academics with prospects, and uses it as a recruiting tool.

    A prospect can go to a dominant SEC school, and sit on the bench for three years, or come to Vanderbilt and play early while working towards one of the best degrees in the country. 

Texas A&M

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    The Aggies' main recruiting advantage is their SEC membership while being located in the talented state of Texas. It is a significant tool to have when walking into a Lone Star State prospect's home.

    No other school in Texas can offer a recruit a chance to stay inside the state while playing in the best conference in the country. Texas A&M also has great talent, and its fanbase is as passionate as any in America. 

    The school also currently has the unexplainable "it" factor. 


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    Butch Jones can sell the idea of helping restore Tennessee back among the elite to recruits. The Vols were once one of the dominant programs in the SEC, and have the resources to get back on top.

    A recruit can play for a rabid fanbase in Knoxville, use great facilities and play for a coaching staff that has infused a renewed sense of energy into the program.

    When the program is deemed "back", all of the coaches and players involved will be living legends. It is a special opportunity for a prospect.

South Carolina

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    South Carolina is a program that has improved its recruiting under Steve Spurrier. The Gamecocks have landed great in-state talents such as Alshon Jeffrey, Marcus Lattimore and Jadeveon Clowney during Spurrier's tenure.

    South Carolina's best asset is the mood of the program. Spurrier is not a coach who spends every moment in the office, and his program is not as demanding as others in the SEC.

    The Gamecocks still contend for SEC East titles and play in prominent bowl games with this approach. Pitching a relaxed atmosphere that has proven results in the SEC is a great weapon for the Gamecock's staff. 


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    Missouri did not enjoy the success fellow first-year SEC program Texas A&M had in 2012. The Tigers were only 5-7 last season, so they will be looking to show significant improvement in 2013.

    Gary Pinkel's best recruiting pitch should be centered around stability and SEC membership. He has been Missouri's head coach since 2001 and has gone 90-61, so Pinkel has proven he can win.

    He should tell a recruit to come and help him figure out the SEC, because when they do the Tigers will be a force in the conference. 

Mississippi State

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    The Bulldogs are members of the SEC West, as their rivals include Alabama, LSU, Auburn, Texas A&M and of course Ole Miss.

    All four of those programs have terrific young talent on their rosters, so Dan Mullen must get creative with his recruiting pitch. His spread-option offensive scheme, and the success it has had, must be part of his speech to prospects.

    Mullen also must sell recruits on coming to Starkville playing earlier than they would at several rival SEC programs. 

Ole Miss

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    The Rebels signed an historic recruiting class in 2013, led by defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, receiver Laquon Treadwell, safety Antonio Conner and offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil.

    Hugh Freeze's recruiting pitch to 2014 recruits should be centered around how he is just getting started in Oxford. He also can tell recruits that they are the perfect players to compliment his core four 2013 signees. 

    Freeze could be building something special at Ole Miss, and that message along with a good fanbase that loves tradition and the four elite players he signed in 2013 should be the main components of his recruiting pitch. 


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    LSU has a ton going for itself, as its recruiting pitch should be short and sweet to recruits because the program sells itself.

    Les Miles is a player's coach, has instilled a light mood in the program, is a proven winner and is fiercely loyal to his players. The Tigers have exceptional talent on their roster, and great assistant coaches are on the staff.

    LSU also boasts perhaps the most electric gameday atmosphere in college football. The opportunity to play for one of the most dominant programs in the country does not need to be pitched sternly to many recruits. 


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    Mark Stoops' recruiting pitch should be about how he is changing the culture in Lexington, and how he is building the program to contend for SEC titles. 

    To defensive recruits, Stoops can point to the success he had as Florida State's defensive coordinator. He can tell a player he make them the next Mario Edwards (FSU defensive lineman) or Xavier Rhodes (FSU defensive back). 

    On offense, Stoops can pitch offensive coordinator's Neal Brown's Air Raid attack, and how a recruit can be part of a system that is sure to score a lot of points.


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    The Bulldogs are proven winners who are always in the hunt for the SEC title. Mark Richt's program resides in an awesome state for talent, so he can preach state-pride to Peach State prospects.

    Richt also is a man of faith, and has the ability to connect well with players from different backgrounds. He also is stable in his position as head coach, which is also a good tool to have in a recruiting pitch.

    Georgia has a winning tradition, produces NFL talent, its current players stick together and Athens is a great place. Recruits can't go wrong by signing with UGA. 


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    Florida can sell the idea of the full SEC experience at their university. The Gators play in a big game almost every week in front of a packed house at The Swamp—which is in the ultimate college town of Gainesville.

    Football players are treated extremely well around campus, academics are solid and Will Muschamp brings out a player's best mentally and physically. Also, UF wins a lot of games, has one of the most talented rosters in the SEC and the weather is not bad in northeast Florida.


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    Auburn's recruiting pitch is centered around the program and community's family-oriented feel.

    Everyone in Auburn sticks together, the community adores the football program and the Tigers have a history of winning.

    The campus is gorgeous, Gus Malzahn is a respected coach and former coach Gene Chizik stocked the roster with great young talent. Auburn will be back soon, and the recruits who help re-establish the Tigers will forever be members of the family. 


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    The Razorbacks had a reputation for being a bit soft under Bobby Petrino.

    However, Bret Bielema—who previously was the head coach at Wisconsin—has the ability to ask recruits to come to Fayetteville and help him change the perception of the Hogs' program from soft to tough.

    Arkansas receives great support from its state, so a recruit will not play in an empty house in Fayetteville. Also, Bielema does not lack confidence and a recruit can stand to gain a little moxie by playing for him. 


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    Alabama's best recruiting pitch is its ability to tell a recruit he will win and be developed properly by playing for Nick Saban.

    The Crimson Tide have an overwhelming fanbase, their players become celebrities once they sign their letters of intent and the facilities are outstanding in Tuscaloosa. 

    A recruit is who picks 'Bama is going to win, be famous, get prepared for the NFL and learn from Nick Saban and his coaching staff, enough said. 

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.