I'd jump off a bridge for Mike Leach, but only because he never lies, and if he felt it was the right thing to do, who am I to contradict him?
Tommy Tuberville could also talk me into jumping, but he'd be using that trademark persuasion and that appealing country attitude to do it.
Leach wasn't a bad recruiter—he landed Michael Crabtree and Graham Harrell, two perfect fits for his outlaw system that paid off in a near-BCS bust—but it was evident that his straight-shooting approach wasn't for everybody.
Tuberville, on the other hand, could sell the mythical ketchup popsicle to the daintily-clad lady.
You're seeing the fruits of that confident, steady-handed approach in Texas Tech's 10 commits for 2011, including watchlist players QB Michael Brewer and RB Kenny Williams.
What Tuberville does best is act as the CEO, assembling the most capable staff around him. Wooing James Willis away from Alabama to act as defensive coordinator was both sweet revenge for his final Iron Bowl loss, and a deft move to crack into Bama's recruiting backyard. So far, it's paid off with the commitment of ILB and Spanish Fort, AL native Blake Dees.
For Tuberville, recruiting on the margins is old hat. He's the Cary Grant of the recruitoverse—if you want him to play the part of the outlaw, he'll just change his accent a little bit.