How Pat Fitzgerald recruits prospects committed to other schools

first_imgThere is no rulebook on how to recruit a prospect presently committed to another school. The Big Ten had one – an unwritten one – until Urban Meyer came along and blew it to smithereens.Just about every coach recruits players pledged to another school. We’d be willing to bet not many go to the lengths Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald does, though.“We to reach out, first and foremost, to their high school coach and say we may have something come available,” Fitzgerald told Wildcat Report. “We just want to let you know, No. 1, and then we reach out to the families and said, ‘If we have something available, would you be interested. Yes or no.’ AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix “If the answer is no, then we move on. If the answer is yes, then the next step is…that you have to reach out to that school and tell them that you’re opening up your recruiting. Then I’ll reach out to the other coach and let him know that we decided to recruit their guy.“So I have no problem with what we do. I don’t think I’m talking about of both sides of my mouth. I think I’m very up front, there’s no hidden agenda. And if the young man and his family want to look at Northwestern, I think it’s my job to recruit those guys.”Fitzgerald has previously volunteered his idea to create a national database of scholarship offers and – in agreement with Bo Pelini – would like all offers to be immediately NLI-and-fax-machine-ready following a 48-hour cooling off-period.What we’re saying is Pat Fitzgerald should probably be the national commissioner of football recruiting.last_img

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