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Marshall’s Recruiting Efforts are Paying Off

Rivals.com ranked Marshall’s most recent recruiting class the 67th-best in the country, smack-dab between Indiana and Arkansas State, four spots behind Boston College and two ahead of Wake Forest. Scout.com had Herd’s class tied for 89th nationally with Buffalo. ESPN’s recruiting coverage focuses primarily on the B.C.S. conferences, but the site’s experts did not list Marshall’s class among the top non-B.C.S. conference efforts in the country — though Houston and East Carolina, Marshall’s conference rivals, did get a plug. Given that Marshall’s recruiting class wasn’t universally acclaimed, why does it seem like Doc Holliday and his staff are adding enough talent to be a major Conference USA player in 2013 and beyond?

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    Pelini Reaches Out for Recruiting Help

    Bo Pelini’s fire burns deep, burns long and burns bright, and it’s this never-ending stream of energy that is Nebraska’s greatest strength and, at times, the program’s greatest weakness. You’ve seen the latter in College Station, when Pelini – Bo, and also Carl, now at Florida Atlantic – lost his cool in a penalty-laden loss to Texas A&M. You saw it against Texas in the 2009 Big 12 title game, when Pelini’s gasket burst over the second that wasn’t; there’s red, Nebraska red and Pelini red, and the colors get darker the farther you move down the line. But it’s this energy and drive that also doubles as one of Nebraska’s assets, helping the program overcome many of its own built-in disadvantages.

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      Larry Porter Lands on His Feet in Tempe

      Larry Porter: not a head coach. On the other hand, Porter is one whale of an assistant, especially if put in a role that takes full advantage of his standing as one of the nation’s most decorated recruiters. Just as it takes a special sort of mentality to be a head coach, it takes a separate and unrelated mentality to dominate the recruiting trail in the way Porter did for years as an assistant in both the Big 12 and the SEC. And these talents don’t often intersect; after Porter and Rob Ianello crashed and burned at Memphis and Akron, respectively, there’s little chance that a downtrodden non-B.C.S. conference program takes another flier on an upper-echelon recruiter with no coordinator experience.

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        All’s Fair in Love, War and Recruiting

        Forget about the fact that Urban Meyer has only been at Ohio State for two months, because it doesn’t matter. Ignore the fact that he’s still seven months away from actually leading the Buckeyes onto the field in a game that counts, because it doesn’t mean a thing. Meyer may be new in town, but that hasn’t stopped him from climbing into the head of nearly every coach in the Big Ten, thanks to a national signing day haul that left all but Michigan’s Brady Hoke in the dust. It’s Hoke, after all, who went toe-to-toe with Ohio State’s newly-minted recruiting giant and more than held his own; it’s also Hoke, reached for comment yesterday, who told an Ohio television station that recruits who have given another program their verbal commitment are still fair game.

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          Oklahoma’s Class Touches Down All Over

          Bob Stoops and the Sooners started in Oklahoma, bused to Texas, stepped into Kansas, hopped over to Missouri, drove to Illinois, flew the private jet down to Florida and built up the frequent-flyer miles in California. Oklahoma’s recently-signed recruiting class, the next 25 recruits poised to help the Sooners make another run at a national title, featured players from 11 different states: Oklahoma has always recruited nationally, but never to this degree. “I love to recruit the whole country,” said Stoops as his signing day press conference. Stoops has also never been afraid to add players off the JUCO ranks, should need be, and this particular recruiting class was no exception.

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            Miami Succeeds Despite the Negativity

            Al Golden had a few advantages when it came to filling out his first full recruiting class. The first is that he could afford to take on more scholarships than are usually allotted in one recruiting cycle: thanks to graduation, early departures and everyday attrition, Miami was in position to take on more than 30 recruits. The second is that tried-and-true recruiting pitch mentioned yesterday, the keys-to-the-kingdom pitch typically utilized by a first-year or rookie coach. The drawbacks to Golden’s recruiting efforts, however, is that he knew his program was going to get dragged through the mud by conference and regional recruiting rivals. Hey, at least he knew it was coming.

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              Non-B.C.S. Teams Get Into the Recruiting Act

              You won’t find the highest-ranked non-B.C.S. conference signing class anywhere on the list of this year’s top 50 classes, according to Rivals.com. But you will find a pair of programs, Utah and T.C.U., who have clearly benefited from their new conference affiliation. The Utes’ class came in just outside the top 25, thanks in large part to an eight-man offensive line haul that help should keep Jordan Wynn clean and Kyle Whittingham happy in 2012. The Horned Frogs continued to make hay in Texas, sweeping up a number of second-level recruits that may flown in under the radar, while adding a quartet of recruits from SEC country. How would Utah and T.C.U. have done on the recruiting trail had each remained part of the non-B.C.S. conference landscape? Not as well, one would think.

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                Missouri Makes Its Presence Felt in the SEC

                Want to play in the SEC? Landing SEC-caliber players helps. You know those guys: five stars, built like a statue, hits like a truck, runs like a gazelle and ready for the N.F.L. from day one. The SEC dominates all of our college football acronyms, from the F.B.S. to the B.C.S. to N.S.D. – I’m sure there are others. And the conference’s newest addition, Missouri, is doing what it takes to keep pace. The SEC-bound Tigers signed wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, the consensus No. 1 recruit in the country regardless of position, sending a fairly clear message to its new conference brethren: If you’re looking for a pushover, look elsewhere.

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