Want to ask ESPN RecruitingNation senior analyst Tom Luginbill a question about your team? Tweet it to @TomLuginbill using the hashtag #AskLoogs.
#AskLoogs Which college program does the best job of signing undervalued HS players?
— C Lozano (@crlsenior) October 9, 2013
There really isn’t one that you can point to, but if I were to pick one, I would say it has been TCU over the years. Gary Patterson has always had the luxury of a plentiful player pool and not having to worry about what the big boys were doing because there were plenty of other players to choose from just as good in many instances, even if they were an inch or two short or 30 pounds light.
Players such as running back LaDainian Thomlinson and defensive end Aaron Schobel started the run of double-digit-win seasons that TCU fans have become accustomed to. Players such as CB Jason Verrett, DE Devonte Fields, DE Jerry Hughes, RB Jeremy Kerley, WR Josh Boyce, LB Tank Carder and QB Andy Dalton have continued it. Jerry Hughes was an oversized running back.
Gary Patterson and his staff have done a terrific job of finding sleepers, developing and making position changes once they have gotten kids on campus. However, now that they are in the Big 12, they can no longer adhere to their old philosophy across the board because they are going to need guys who are capable of being starters and impact guys sooner rather than later and they won’t be able to redshirt their entire class each year, as they were able to do for more than a decade.