Posted by Bryan Fischer
DALLAS, Tex – Gene Chizik won’t soak in the National Championship for too long this week. Nor will Chip Kelly dive into what went wrong for Oregon right away.
Instead, the coaches will likely be reaching for the cell phone and burning up their minutes as National Signing Day inches closer and closer on February 2nd.
“You know, you savor the moment. There is no question last night was a great moment for so many people for Auburn football,” Chizik told reporters Tuesday morning. “But, you know, the great thing about college football and especially in our league, which is so competitive in every way, not just on the field but recruiting and things of that nature, there are no days off, to be honest with you.”
Auburn should finish with a consensus top ten class when all is said and done (or signed in this case). Oregon might come close to cracking the top ten and will certainly have a consensus top 15 class. Although both programs have picked up steam on the recruiting trail with their relatively new head coaches, they will have a hard time consistently cracking the top five because their talent bases at home are not as strong as powerhouses like Texas, Florida or USC.
Perhaps that is what made both teams’ run to the title game so impressive, that they have recruited well in recent years and built up a large percentage of their rosters from out of state.
Approximately half of Auburn’s roster is from Alabama but the Tigers heavily recruit Georgia, Florida and Mississippi. Don’t be surprised if they start to push beyond the south for top-tier prospects with the exposure from a national title and the administration locking up offensive coordinator Guz Malzahn to a big contract.
In-state players make up only a fifth of Oregon’s roster but the Ducks have expanded their recruiting efforts nationally in recent years. On top of grabbing California players like other Pac-10 schools, Oregon has hit talent rich states like Texas and Florida under Kelly’s watch. The flashy uniforms and expensive facilities have certainly elevated the school’s profile with many recruits and the success on the field will likely lead to higher profile players taking their talents to the Northwest.
It has been less than 24 hours since Auburn was crowned National Champions but after getting a little bit of sleep last night, both coaching staffs will be right back on the recruiting grind today, calling their current commitments and trying to load up on some more.
“As far as days off, they are few and far between,” Chizk said. “That's just kind of part of the deal. So we'll crank it back up today and have a great memory of what happened last night.”
The recruits should have a good memory of last night too.