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February 8, 2007

Coach Speak: Signing Day Conversations

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It's nothing new for Rivals Radio to bring you interviews with the top college football coaches in the country.

But the Rivals Radio Signing Day Marathon took things to a new level with 10 interviews, including some of the biggest names in the business.

Here are some highlights from each of the Signing Day conversations, including links to the full archived interviews with Chris Childers and Braden Gall of Rivals Radio and Rivals.com Recruiting experts John Talman, JC Shurburtt and Bobby Burton.

College Coaches on Rivals Radio
Mack Brown, Texas
On earning most of his commitments early in the process:
"Our staff and myself are proponents for early signing days because we could have signed this class, most of it, in August and the rest of them in December. With the early recruiting process you're continuing to look at guys during the year that are sophomores and juniors. If people are going to offer scholarships early, you have to stay ahead of the game."
Click here for the complete Rivals Radio interview with Mack Brown
Bill Callahan, Nebraska
On seven defensive line signees:
"The defensive line is so hard and so tough to compete for great players. When you're on a roll, you have to take as many as you can. We did that this year. You can't have enough of them. They're hard to find. When you find the big run-stoppers that are athletic and powerful, when you find them, you have to grab them."
Click here for the complete Rivals Radio interview with Bill Callahan
Phillip Fulmer, Tennessee
On recruiting in the state of Tennessee, where the Volunteers landed three four-stars and one five-star:
"This is the best year that I remember in Tennessee since I've been associated with Tennessee. We are very excited about our in-state guys and getting them to Tennessee. It gave us our foundation early to go out and fill in our spots where we needed more help."
Click here for the complete Rivals Radio interview with Phillip Fulmer
Chan Gailey, Georgia Tech
On his plans for signee Josh Nesbitt:
"He's going to play quarterback for us. He gives us that dual threat. He can run and throw. He can change the pace for you in a ballgame. We think he's one of those unique guys that's like a point guard playing quarterback. He sees the whole field and knows where the other 21 players are on the field. He has a great feel for the game."
Click here for the complete Rivals Radio interview with Chan Gailey
Les Miles, LSU
On five-star athlete Chad Jones:
"He's more like 6-2 or 6-3. He's a multi-sport athlete. He played wide receiver and safety at Southern Lab at Baton Rouge. He also appears to be a top baseball pick in the draft. So he'll have a decision to make whether to play championship baseball and football at LSU or enter the baseball draft."
Click here for the complete Rivals Radio interview with Les Miles
Ed Orgeron, Ole Miss
On the linebacker class, including Anthony Fein:
"We're excited about Anthony. We found him late. We think he's one of the best players. He went to Baghdad. He was in the Army. He's 24 years old. We think he's very mature and can handle the SEC. We expect him to play right away. We're also excited about Chris Strong, the top player in the state of Mississippi."
Click here for the complete Rivals Radio interview with Ed Orgeron
Mark Richt, Georgia
On early entrees:
"Seven of them are already here and they average 300 pounds apiece. That's exciting for us. We had to have some offensive line help. We got five in at the midyear plus two more defensive linemen. All of sudden, what looked like a bleak year for our front has been reinvigorated by some big boys."
Click here for the complete Rivals Radio interview with Mark Richt
Randy Shannon, Miami
On four-star cornerback Doug Wiggins:
"He's got that winning attitude. When you watch him on film playing cornerback, playing safety, playing receiver, playing running back, he's a great athlete. He can do it all. He's not afraid of any challenge presented to him. Being a cornerback, you have to have that attitude."
Click here for the complete Rivals Radio interview with Randy Shannon
Dave Wannstedt, Pittsburgh
On four-star QB Pat Bostick competing for the starting job:
"It will be interesting to see. You're always excited today and optimistic about the young kids coming in. When you go into spring practice, I don't think you count on young kids being impact players. You count on them helping your team. The quarterback position is the one that takes some time. Danny Marino didn't start until the sixth game of his freshman year. I don't know what the time frame is going to be, but Pat is going to be a great player for us."
Click here for the complete Rivals Radio interview with Dave Wannstedt
Charlie Weis, Notre Dame
On No. 1 overall prospect QB Jimmy Clausen:
"He comes in at a good time with Brady (Quinn) walking out the door. And Jimmy coming in as an early entry, at least it gives him chance to compete for start the starting job given that we don't have anyone in the program who has played a meaningful down. It's a wide-open competition."
Click here for the complete Rivals Radio interview with Charlie Weis



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