Thoughts and Observations on DL Recruiting

Peter Mpagi. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Peter Mpagi. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Last October, Tom Herman stated, “We’re building a program, not a season, not a team, not a game.”

Recruiting is the lifeblood of a program, and each recruiting class an appendage of the program, but I bet he’d be fine amending the above quote with “and not a recruiting class.”

Sometime last fall, Justin and I heard the staff wasn’t overly concerned with ‘stars’ when it came to the lines. We knew stars mattered in the big picture to the staff — their competitive nature has them wanting the top class — so I thought we were being spun because at the time recruiting was laboring in that department.

Then last December I heard from someone in attendance at a coach/donor meet-and-greet that Herman shared his philosophy, essentially saying, but not verbatim, “I don’t want small classes on the lines, and I don’t want overly big classes on the lines (those lead to small ones). I want a consistent class of four, maybe five, and I want them to have time to develop. The goal is to push around the Big 12 with grown men.”

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