Signing Day 2014: System is everything for top-flight recruits
In a bygone era, college coaches would spend their time recruiting trying to find the best players available at any position. Although as times have changed, so have their tactics. Coaches bring their systems from school to school, and with that, they're always looking for players who will flourish at specific positions.
On the eve of the Pac-12 Football Weekly: Signing Day Special, which airs Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Networks, our two coaches – Rick Neuheisel and Yogi Roth – took special time out to talk to our five-star recruit, Mike Yam, about how he would fit into their system.
As Yogi says, the system is everything. Both he and Rick explain that when coaches focus on filling major needs and finding players to fill holes where there's weakness at a position, their teams are set up for greater success.
"Teams are building around the skill set of their athletes; that's where the most successful teams are finding victory," Yogi said. "Coaches and players can both adjust the system to the personnel."
Our coaches point out that developing quarterbacks into their systems is critically important every year because, in most programs, that position is the cataylst for making everything work on offense.
There's precious little time for Yam to make his decision – he'll reveal whether he'll go to Yogi's Venice University or Rick's Manhattan Beach University in just over 24 hours as part of the Signing Day Special.