National Signing Day 2014: Will Mike Yam choose #TeamRick or #TeamYogi?
With Feb. 5’s National Signing Day quickly approaching, Pac-12 Networks is taking you inside what it’s like for a student-athlete to go one-on-one with a coach who’s in hot pursuit of their talent.
Over the next 12 days, Rick Neuheisel and Yogi Roth – two guys who have hit the trail to court the most talented players in the nation – will be working hard to land the latest five-star quarterback recruit – our Mike Yam.
College football programs are only as good as the players that cycle in and out, and both say that’s what makes recruiting a grinding, year-round effort to land the best athletes.
“You get to travel around the country and find the 25 guys that fit your system,” Roth said. “The best coaches have a plan for every athlete and have their best interests at heart.”
In the run up to the Pac-12 Football Weekly Signing Day Special, which airs at 4:30 on Feb. 5 on Pac-12 Networks, our coaches will give Mike and his family the hard sell on four of the key topics that recruits and their parents want to know about – academics, their system, the depth chart and coaching philosophy.
While the emphasis on each topic may vary among different athletes and families, the core mission for Rick and Yogi is identifying what it will take to get the most out of each player on the field, in the classroom and in the real world.
“These guys are 18. They’ve never made a decision like this,” Neuheisel said. “Ultimately, the process should uncover a lot of that. You zero in on the things that are pivotal in that decision.”
The recruitment of Mike Yam will culminate on Feb. 5 on pac-12.com, where the stud QB will pick between Rick’s Manhattan Beach University and Yogi’s Venice University.
“You have to think outside the box,” Neuheisel said. “You create different strategies that aren’t typical to differentiate yourself.”
Is Mike on #TeamYogi or #TeamRick? You’ll have to watch on pac-12.com and on Twitter - @Pac12Networks - to find out. We also want to know which team you’re on, so make sure to tweet with those hashtags with your pick as well.