Tag:Jay Paterno
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:42 pm
 

Joe Paterno, running back Will Mahone and Skype

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Penn State head coach Joe Paterno is a living legend and seen his fair share of recruiting methods over his 62 years of coaching. After all, when Paterno first took over the reigns in Happy Valley, the cell phone was decades from even being conceived. As technology and NCAA recruiting rules have progressed though, so has JoePa believe it or not.

The 84 year old has cut back from recruiting a little bit - he rarely hits the road and hasn't traveled for an in-home visit in over three years - but using video conferencing technology this year has allowed him to continue to make an apperance in recruits' homes. Services such as Skype, which transmits video and audio over the internet to computers and phones, has exploded onto the scene lately with coaches such as Alabama's Nick Saban making frequent use of the latest and greatest thing in recruiting.

"The only question Joe had about it was, 'How do you spell Skype?'" Jay Paterno, the Penn State quarterbacks coach and Joe's son, told the Altoona Mirror. "I actually knew. Then he said, 'What exactly does it mean?'"

Well, thanks to Austintown (Ohio) running back William Mahone and another social networking service, Twitter, we now have acutal proof that JoePa is Skyping like the best of them.

"Jo pa on skype!" Mahone tweeted Tuesday morning, along with the picture on the right.

Already holding an offer from Penn State, Mahone is primarily being recruited by Jay Paterno. In addition to the Nittany Lions, Pittsburgh, Michigan State, Northwestern and Boston College are some of the programs who are heavily pursuing the 5-foot-11, 205-pound running back who shined at the recent Ohio State Nike Camp

Mahone has already unofficially visited State College to see the elder Paterno up close and personal and while he still might still be a few months from making a decision, getting a call -excuse me - getting a Skype call from a legend like JoePa probably helps the Nittany Lions' chances.
Posted on: June 2, 2011 10:04 am
Edited on: June 2, 2011 11:52 am
 

6/2 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Must read column from Penn State coach Jay Paterno on what student-athletes really receive from their school. 

- Good look at the Ohio State recruiting budget. The nearly 10% decrease could be because of a smaller recruiting class the school is expected to take in.

- The Buckeyes recruiting class is at risk from the NCAA mess surrounding the school however don't expect too much of a drop off.

- Tennessee offered quarterback Darryl Richardson despite only seeing him during an evaluation visit at his high school.

- Top quarterback Cyler Miles is down to Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, LSU, Tennessee, Washington and possibly Colorado and will pick one this Friday.

- Clemson's recruits are making the necessary grades and are on track to qualify.

- Offensive tackle Colby Cyburt picked up an offer from Arizona State.
Posted on: April 7, 2011 9:11 am
Edited on: April 7, 2011 9:27 am
 

4/7 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Hello friends. The Masters begins today and the tradition like any other may not have anything to do with recruiting but it is a great, great sporting event. Watch it live here.

- Little Rock (Ark.) running back Altee Tenpenny picked up an offer from Ole Miss.

- An interview with tight end Evan Baylis.

- LSU has offers out to five quarterbacks in 2012 and they might not be looking for any particular type of signal caller.

- Interesting column by Penn State coach Jay Paterno on 7-on-7 teams and recruiting rules.

- Quarterback Zike Pike will visit Tennessee, Clemson, Georgia, Auburn and Florida State next week.

- Tom Lemming's top tight end, Kent Taylor, picked up an offer from Arkansas.

Posted on: February 16, 2011 2:13 pm
 

Cal coach: recruiting begins with Internet sites

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Few elements in the world of modern-day college football are as controversial as the Internet's now-ubiquitous recruiting services and recruiting rankings. Some fans consider them an excellent gauge of a team's future talent; some consider their evaluations worthless. Some consider them a distracting blight that feeds the egos of young athletes and builds (or lowers) expectations for a program based on nothing more than wild guesses; some see them as a fun, engaging, necessary diversion that helps pass the offseason grind and makes fans more informed to boot.

But one of the biggest questions surrounding recruiting rankings (like those by our Maxpreps colleagues and Tom Lemming ) has been: do they matter to the people in college football who, you know, matter? Though it's only one very small response as part of a much larger Q&A, an answer given by Cal linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator Kenwick Thompson at a recruiting-centric Bear fan gathering (as recorded by California Golden Blogs ) suggests that, yes, on some level they do.

According to Thompson , the recruiting process at Cal begins with the Bear coaches examining "data" from Rivals and Scout as well as a third (unnamed) recruiting service. It's that data which helps Thompson and the rest of the staff create a "dossier" of potential recruits which the Bears may or not pursue according to the team's needs.

Thompson's not the first coach to admit that he's aware of (or even using) the recruiting services. Larry Coker's Miami staff reportedly bypassed much of their own evaluative process in favor of simply using Rivals rankings. Auburn recruting coordinator Curtis Luper once said of the rankings that "if they're keeping the score, you want to win, right?" Penn State assistant Jay Paterno wrote himself only last week that some coaches have been so fixated on recruiting rankings that they've become willing to oversign to make sure they stay near the top of them.

This is not to say that Thompson's Bears or any staff are letting the recruiting services do their work for them. From the rest of Thompson's Q&A, it seems clear he and Jeff Tedford's staff are using the "data" collected there only as a starting point, with plenty of evaluative legwork still to do afterwards. But it also seems clear that the recruiting sites are very much on the minds of FBS coaches, and that yes, the information they provide --unless the Bears are the only ones, which seems highly unlikely -- is being put to some kind of use by programs at or near even the top of the college food chain.

Love them or hate them, what you can't say about the recruiting services is that they aren't having an impact on the landscape of college football.

HT: EDSBS .
Posted on: February 11, 2011 9:32 am
Edited on: February 11, 2011 9:33 am
 

2/11 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Another day, another roundup. The wheels are definitely in motion for the class of 2012, when one of the first major combines kicks off in Miami this weekend.

- Andy Staples of SI.com headed to the tryouts for the South Florida Express travel team and remarks on how youth football is slowly turning into AAU hoops.

- Looking back and reviewing Washington’s class of 2007 and why the team will not have many senior this year.

- Alabama’s Sal Sunseri is known as one of the best recruiters in the country and you can see his pitch to LSU commit Jermauria Rasco on video here.

- Penn State coach Jay Paterno pens his latest column on oversigning and recruiting rankings. Well worth the read.

- Boston College has extended an offer to tight end A.J. Williams.

- An unsigned defensive back may end up being a late addition to Miami.

 
 
 
 
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