Kiffin working the phones to find Volunteer players and coaches
"He said he was watching me on film," Giles said Sunday night. "He was telling me about what he thought I could do in his pro-style offense."
Kiffin also let Giles in on another plan. "He said he was trying to get Big Kiffin to be his defensive coordinator," Giles said. "You know, the one from the Bucs."
Kiffin's father, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator
Besides Giles, Lane Kiffin also spoke Sunday to Midwest City, Okla., tailback
Meanwhile, Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Va.) coach
Kiffin hasn't been in touch with all of Tennessee's committed players yet.
If that coach is Monte Kiffin, recruiting defenders will be much easier. Kiffin, now in his 11th year with the Bucs, devised the Cover Two scheme used by much of the NFL, and recruits may jump at the chance to play for a coach who helped turn
We do know the identity of one Tennessee staff member.
One thing you might notice about all the players named so far is that none of them live in Tennessee. While the Volunteer State isn't exactly a talent hotbed, it does produce excellent players on occasion. During his introductory press conference, Kiffin said he and his staff must "build a fence" around the state. Later, he mentioned that Monday he would hop a plane "to Memphis to see the No. 1 recruit."
Just a guess, but the recruit Kiffin mentioned probably is receiver
Notre Dame fans flooded my inbox after I wrote last week that high academic standards will keep the
Most of the e-mails, however, began something like this: "You are an idiot. Haven't you seen the recruiting rankings?"
Maybe I was a little too subtle last week. The recruiting rankings are wrong. Recruiting rankings, as they relate to Notre Dame, are artificially inflated for a couple of reasons.
First, Notre Dame's past reputation leads some evaluators to assume that if Notre Dame is recruiting a player, that player must be excellent. This has begun to change and will change more as Rivals.com and Scout.com bring in more evaluators with better trained eyes, but, at the moment, the reputation of the school recruiting the player plays a role in that player's ranking.
Second, Web sites use recruiting rankings to drive traffic. They engender debate, inspiring fans to take to the message boards to argue the merits of each player or class. That means more clicks, which means more money. Notre Dame, with its massive fan base and even more massive collection of anti-Domers, always creates interest. So the more prominent Notre Dame is, the more traffic the sites draw.
But maybe I was wrong. Maybe Notre Dame fans don't want to compete for national titles every year. Maybe they're satisfied with recruiting national titles, which, when your team gains only nine yards in the
In a rare interview last month, Lufkin, Texas, defensive tackle
McFarland visited USC for the Notre Dame game, meaning three top-five schools are competing for the services of the nation's top-ranked defensive lineman. Lufkin coach