Ten tough recruiting questions
should coaches be asking?
Malamute, 13 January 2004
recruiting season, coaches tell us that there are ten tough questions that recruiters should be asking
relating to a prospect. As
far as I know, none of the recruiters ever tell us what questions they have in
mind. However, Gary Pinkel, former assistant coach at the UW under Don James,
gives us a hint as to what they might be.
On his talk show, Pinkel, head coach at Missouri, had this to say about
recruiting, ďDon James was a genius at handling personnel. Iím certainly not
close to that, but I learned an awful lot from him. The whole key is constantly
maintaining athletes at all positions. Itís sounds easy, but itís very
difficult. It requires, obviously, not making very many recruiting mistakes.
Itís not signing enough great players that hurt programs; recruiting mistakes
destroy football teams. They actually get coaches fired. If half the players you
sign donít play in future years down the road--they arenít good enough to play
in this league--then you are going to have giant gaps all over your depth, and
youíre going to have very serious problems.Ē
Well, Iíll take a shot at preparing some tough questions that
coaches should be asking of themselves and the recruit. In my mind, recruits
need to score at least 8 out of 10 on my list below.
I took this test, using my
answers as a benchmark for qualification, that is, I shouldnít be able to
qualify, lest something is decidedly wrong with these questions. The X's
below mark my disqualification.
Malamute's tough recruiting questions
1. If heís an offensive or defensive lineman, does he have
the potential to play on Sundays? A couple of yesís each recruiting season would be fine. Other
five-star recruits at other positions would certainly be acceptable.
I go to church on Sundays. (X)
2. Has he ever had a debilitating injury and/or have a
congenital condition that might affect his play at the UW in future years?
Yes, I have. I hurt my back playing golf, bending over to
pick the ball out of the cup. I have no genital conditions. (X).
3. Is he a capable student, one who is eventually
interested in obtaining a college degree? Can he meet the entrance requirements,
based on scholastic aptitude scores and core curriculum grades?
I already have a degree, although it was from the UW. I'll
take the tests again.
4. Does he have the heart, emotional drive and work ethic
necessary to make him an outstanding player?
I have a heart; my car has a five-speed, motional drive.
5. Is he a selfless player, one who might be willing to
play at another position if necessary?
Yes, I am selfish and willing to play at another position.
6. Considering his position, does he have the necessary
size, skill, speed and strength to play in the Pac-10?
No, I donít, but I believe I've never been evaluated
7. Has he ever been in trouble with the law, had truancy
problems at school, or used forbidden drugs?
No, I havenít. I used to drink liquor on occasion, but I
was over 21 then.
8. Doe he respect and admire the football tradition at
I certainly do and am willing to bark in the Husky tunnel.
9. Is he a malleable player, one who will listen to the
coaches and continue to improve his skills, athleticism and strength under their
Yes, I'm malevolent and expect to improve my skull.
10. How badly does he want to be a dawg?
Letís just say that I want to be a dawg, big time.
Results: I scored 7, so I donít quality. Whew, the
questions are cool.
Richard Linde (a.k.a., Malamute) can be reached at