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Thanks to uberproducer Jamey Schagren, The Sports Page, the News Sentinel's daily radio show, has had an incredible run of guests lately.

Here are some of the more pertinent recruiting topics from the past week that have come up on the air:

Bobby Petrino, Arkansas head coach

On new technologies being used in recruiting:

"I haven't done the twitter yet. We've been busy in recruiting and working all that. My kids tell me that it's just a phase and it's going to go by quickly and the high school kids don't do it.

"I've always kind of been a guy that stayed away from email too, wondering how much work everyday in America is lost by people being on the computer -- emailing and texting instead of grinding away."

On adding turf to Arkansas' football stadium:

"It helps us bring more events to the university. Have some high school kickoff classics, get some of the state playoff games in our stadium and get more of the recruits and more of the high school athletes to the University of Arkansas."

On Arkansas first Top 20 class by Rivals since the recruiting service began ranking signing classes in 2001:

"One of the biggest keys was our players when the recruits got on campus, they did a great job showing them the attitude, the work ethic and the positive things that are going on here."

Houston Nutt, Ole Miss head coach

On taking transfer players, such as quarterback Jevan Snead:

"When you have character and the attitude that Jevan Sneed has, you take 'em all the time.

"That's usually the problem though, I think you have very little success when you transfer. Overall, if you did a study on that, you would see that it - most of the time - doesn't work out. "It goes back to the work ethic, the attitude, the unselfishness. (If) you've got the right chemistry there is no problem at all. The problem is when there is a transfer and you don't have those ingredients you can have real problems in the locker room and the whole deal."

On the importance of overcoming his reputation that his teams stumble when faced with high expectations:

"I think it's big, I think it's very big. It's important to be able to compete at a very high level when people expect you to.

". . . We've got a tremendous challenge at managing those expectations. Making sure our heads are on and that we're going to work with an attitude when you're playing in the best conference in America."

Rich Brooks, Kentucky head coach

On recruiting the Knoxville area, where Kentucky has had good success:

"There's a lot of good players down there and Tennessee isn't going to take them all.

"It's only a three-and-a-half hour drive from our campus. If somebody wants to play in the SEC and for whatever reason Tennessee doesn't recruit them or they don't want to go to Tennessee, then we think we should be a good, viable option."

Trooper Taylor, Auburn assistant coach

On the limousine that Auburn coaches used during the spring evaluation period to visit high schools

"It turned out to be better than we thought. A lot of people said that in the economy, 'I can't believe they're spending money on a limo.'

"We tried to make them understand that it was actually cheaper. If you do the math, you had seven coaches in one limo as opposed to seven coaches taking seven different rental cars, flying on seven different flights and staying in seven different hotels.

"We stayed in our own bed and we started every morning at five o'clock leaving from Auburn to get to the other schools."

On battling Alabama in talent-rich Mobile:

"It's big. They have quality coaches and quality players (in Mobile). They play at a high level.

"There's a school there called Prattville. They won four state championships in a row. I went out there this spring and they had 185 kids out for high school football.

"You have to do a great job there. You really do."

Dave Hooker covers recruiting and is host of the News Sentinel Sports Page, which can be heard weekdays from 10a.m. to noon on WNML-AM 990, WNML-FM 99.1, He may be reached at

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Comments » 10

kiffownsfla writes:

Wow lol.

CoverOrange writes:

and sometimes

CoverOrange writes:

Rich Brooks: "It's only a three-and-a-half hour drive from our campus."

Rich must be that senior citizen in the left hand lane with his blinker on for three miles I was stuck behind today.

highVOLtage writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

Rich Brooks: "It's only a three-and-a-half hour drive from our campus."

Rich must be that senior citizen in the left hand lane with his blinker on for three miles I was stuck behind today.


Yep, 160 miles down I-75 shouldn't take three-and-a-half hours. That's about a 50 mph pace.

DownTheField writes:

Prattville is in the Montgomery area- nowhere near Mobile.

WashingtonVol writes:

Jamey Schagren is a beast!

DownTheField writes:

in response to tweetdriver63#346474:

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Yeah... something to ease the pain... they know they won't be landing any of those top prospects.... and Trooper's probably a bit embarrassed and a bit offended at the lame idea of CGC that a friggin limo will wow recruits... their parents probably rented a nicer one for them to use at their own prom!

DownTheField writes:

in response to FARRAGUT0406:

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Yes, a big impression indeed: "Hey, we're second-rate recruiters and really desperate. Wanna ride in the limo? C'mon, it's really cool!"

Hounddog writes:

Can Rich see Russia from his house? You Betcha!

vol88 writes:

in response to Hounddog:

Can Rich see Russia from his house? You Betcha!


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