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April 2005

April 2005


The Country\'s 30 Best Recruiters

Recruiting is an inexact science as some of the nation\'s best explain.
by: Patrick Finley
© April 2005

John Blake has a secret. Along with other members of coach Bill Callahan’s staff, the defensive line coach helped recruit what many called the best incoming class of the 2005 season. Blake recruits the talent-laden areas of Southern California and Southern Texas, in addition to Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

“Some people have a gift,” said Blake, who was the head coach at Oklahoma from 1996-98. “One of my gifts is to speak to people. I just know what to sell. I know what’s important to kids and moms and dads. I have a different way of expressing that.

“It’s hard to explain. Even if I could, I wouldn’t really want to (explain it). That’s something that I cherish.”

Blake views it as a trade secret. But this much we do know – when ....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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