- Sep 14, 2017
What are the 3 teams? Bama, Georgia, OSU, TX, Mich? A&M recruits at a super high level but they didn't coach them up, Clemson is a consistent top 10, LSU is top 10 , Oklahoma, even Notre Dame, PSU, Auburn are consistently in the top.Problem is, there are only maybe three programs in the country that can recruit at a super-high level every year and thus have a very good chance
of having the talent "pieces in place" every year. We're not going to have the pieces in place every year--unless Heup proves a wizard at recruiting the portal, and he hasn't shown that quality, overall, yet--though Hooker did come from the portal. So then the challenge becomes, how good can you be when you don't have the great talent in place--can you win games that maybe you wouldn't be expected to win. That's what separates the great coaches from the mere good or decent coaches--and that's how you can build real momentum in a program. But it's doubly hard for us--harder than it is for any other upper-second tier program in a strong conference--because we're playing florida, alabama and georgia every year. Nobody has to face a gauntlet like that--not to mention all the other SEC teams we play every year. So it's not going to be easy--and working the portal to fill talent holes is really something Heup has to be good at, along with everything else.