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Signing Day Live: The best of coaches' quotes

By Lorenzo Reyes | Staff Writer

Throughout CBSSports.com's National Signing Day coverage, a number of head coaches joined the program to offer behind-the-scenes insights on the rigors of signing high-profile recruits.

The coaches joined host Kevin Corke and college football insiders Bruce Feldman and Jeremy Fowler. Here's a look at some of the best comments from Signing Day:

Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss

On Robert Nkemdiche and Laquon Treadwell helping the recruiting cause:

"I think the difference in the case this year was the natural tie-ins with Robert Nkemdiche and Laquon Treadwell, who were recruiting behind the scenes for us for a long time now. That gave us some validity to what we were preaching to the Laremy Tunsils of the world."

On people being skeptical about Ole Miss's methods of attracting its recruiting class:

"I understand that there are going to be critics. That's part of it. It's unfortunate that the kids can get tied up in that. Obviously, people can criticize me all they want. I know we've done it with integrity and we've built relationships with these people."

James Franklin, Vanderbilt

On mimicking the Stanford and Northwestern recruiting models:

"Everybody always wants to bring up Stanford and Northwestern, and you can always use lessons from those programs. But that model won't necessarily work here. To think you can just take the Stanford model that works for Stanford, it won't work. There are so many differences.

"We haven't done anything, because this is the 2013 team. This team hasn't gone to a bowl game. This team hasn't won nine games this season. Why can't Vanderbilt win an SEC Championship? Why can't Vanderbilt win the national championship? Why can't Vandy also create some of the bright minds in this country? Why can't you have it all?"

On his personality:

"If you're not rustling some feathers and bothering some people, then you're not doing something right. My biggest problem is, I'm a regular guy. I get in front of a mic and talk to people and I'm a regular guy. Sometimes it gets me into a little trouble, but I'm just a regular guy."

Chris Petersen, Boise State

On staying with the program's recruiting model:

"We try to stick to the model that has got us where we are. I think our classes are always underrated. We had a handful of first-round draft picks that, for whatever reason, fly under the radar. But we think they're great players and even better kids. I think our guys have done a great job of attracting what we're looking for and bringing them in."

On the temptation to change his system:

"There's the pistol, the spread pro style and everything else out there. There are a lot of plays out there, and I haven't seen anything that I really like. And that's a negative thing and a weakness because I always want to add things."

On an eight-team playoff:

"I think that's to be determined. I still think this: We all know that there are problems in the BCS. We've always known that. But I'll be the first to say that it's worked for Boise State. And if we take care of the things we need to do, we can be in a position to compete and be in the position we need to be in.

"I think the sooner, the better. I think there are a lot of logistics you need to look at with finals for players. But it always comes down to money. And there is so much money to be made if you go to an eight-team playoff, where you can pay all the other schools."

Gary Patterson, TCU

On Casey Pachall's condition following a stint in rehab for substance abuse:

"I was really excited -- when he came out of inpatient he came by the office and stopped by to talk a little bit. He looked like the same kid we recruited out of high school. He had that color in his face and had a look with more life."

"He had to go through outpatient, inpatient. He had to go through the University. He had to go through a lot of checkmarks. He has sponsors and has been going through all the things he has to do."

Art Briles, Baylor

On Robert Griffin III's impact on Baylor football:

"It's honestly indescribable. You see so many kids mimic how he dressed, how he plays at the high school level -- even collegiately. I had a junior who I was talking to and I told him, 'I've had a III before, what about a IV?' And this player knew exactly what I was talking about.' It's absolutely indescribable what he's been able to do for us and our university."

Gary Andersen, Wisconsin

On the process of going from Utah State to Wisconsin:

“It was a crazy process we went through. But when this job came up, I held my hand up right away. I had the chance to compete here for three hours at Camp Randall Stadium and I know what the great atmosphere here was like. So when athletic director Barry Alvarez gives you an opportunity to be a part of this program, it was something that was very attractive to me.”

Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech

On coaching Johnny Manziel:

"I don't know if we'll ever see another one with that kind of a skill set."

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