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During his career, RichRod has established himself as one of the premier recruiters in the entire country. Despite the scarce in-state talent while he was at West Virginia, Rodriguez was able to go outside the state and sign some very good football players.
Moreover, at Michigan he was able to not only sign great talent outside of the state, but keep the best players in-state as well.
RichRod did find some trouble, however, in finding the players that would actually qualify academically, for UM is a very prestigious school (example: Demar Dorsey), but he would never have that problem at Arizona. Now I am not saying that UA is a bad school, but it is much easier to get into than Michigan.
Furthermore, RichRod can build a pipeline to the neighboring, hotbed recruiting state, California. Arizona is not a bad state at all when it comes to recruiting as well, for it produced one of the top 2012 offensive tackle prospects, Andrus Peat.
I think RichRod will come in and have immediate success on the recruiting trail and will have to do so for years to come to rebuild this program completely.