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Tom Lemming Quotes

I was just impressed with the way they went about their business. They had their priorities set and they got them. For the first time, I think their out-of-state recruiting matched their in-state.
Tom Lemming
#Business

Florida has always been a sleeping giant. Being in Florida they have a big advantage. This year they took Miami and Florida State to the woodshed. Meyer has put together a great staff.
Tom Lemming
#Advantage

A lot of quarterbacks commit to a college and fall into a system rather than choosing a college that will develop their talent.
Tom Lemming
#College

It is the smart thing to do. Not too many kids have time or money to visit coast-to-coast. But the more visits a kid takes, the more colleges become aware of him. If you don't play well, you won't get an offer. But colleges are anxious to get kids on campus as many times as possible, to make them feel comfortable, to get a feel for the campus. Then they feel they have as good a chance to sign them as anyone else.
Tom Lemming
#Kids

There's been a lot more head-to-head competition this recruiting cycle than there has been in the last 10 years,
Tom Lemming
#Competition

It's added some spice to the rivalry.
Tom Lemming
#Rivalry

Maybe one out of every five (does it right). That's about it. The rest of them listen to too many people and get the wrong advice and make decisions for the wrong reasons. Some kids end up making good decisions just by luck. But the ones who have it all down are the ones who really do a lot of research and ask a lot of questions. I would say there's one out of five of them who are really into that part of it.
Tom Lemming
#Rest

I think the Irish coaches' preparation and work ethic toward recruiting before the two wins is 95 percent of the momentum they have. I think the two wins are 5 percent of it. It's almost as if the recruits, because of the confidence Charlie Weis exudes, kind of expected this to happen, expected early success.
Tom Lemming
#Irish

I would go visit Virginia and miss players -- I wasn't aware until 5-6 years ago how good the talent was across the state,
Tom Lemming
#Talent

There's some really good talent in the western part of the state. Virginia Tech used to have its way over there until Al Groh got to Virginia. Now there is some really good battling going on for those players. It reminds me of Iowa and Iowa State. You see battles that you didn't see 5-10 years ago and it's really good for the state.
Tom Lemming
#Talent

He's a great athlete. He's the kind of guy that Iowa, who has a great coaching staff, can really get and turn around and make into a fantastic player.
Tom Lemming
#Athlete

by getting high-profile kids out of their normal areas.
Tom Lemming
#Kids

Clausen is in a class with the best quarterbacks I have seen in 27 years -- with Jeff George, John Elway and Dan Marino. He is the best I've seen since [Florida's] Chris Leak three years ago.
Tom Lemming
#Class

He was the top cover corner coming out of high school. He was a certain first-round draft choice as a corner. He probably still will be in a couple of years if he stays at receiver.
Tom Lemming
#Choice

This is a great opportunity to see many of the best players in Arkansas for next year at one time.
Tom Lemming
#Opportunity

Some people think all these guys from the pros, like Weis and Carroll, can just universally be good recruiters, because they're coming from the NFL,
Tom Lemming
#People

Charlie also has an advantage when he's talking to kids, because he's won Super Bowls with his offense. Not every pro coach who comes into the colleges can say that. Now Pete Carroll surrounded himself with great recruiters and he's a great recruiter himself. His pitch was that he could get his recruits to the pros, and he's delivered. USC is not that easy of a place to recruit -- the facilities are below average, the stadium's below average, the neighborhood's below average, but he's made it look easy.
Tom Lemming
#Kids

Quarterbacks must be careful about being the man. If a quarterback has NFL aspirations, he must choose a college program that has a reputation for developing professional players.
Tom Lemming
#Aspirations

There may be more guys leaving from that sophomore class. And that was a horrible class to begin with. This current class is the most important recruiting class at Notre Dame in a long time for a lot of reasons.
Tom Lemming
#Class

I think it sends a message that Notre Dame is back in business. It gives them a little oomph going into next year.
Tom Lemming
#Business

Next year, Miami will be back in business, but right now they are suffering a lot. Devlin said that's why he left, because the coach who was recruiting him was fired. You'll be hearing that same thing with several players nationally.
Tom Lemming
#Business

They have beaten Big Ten schools for some kids. They will sign players at every position, a lot of good athletes.
Tom Lemming
#Kids

To high school, he was what Reggie Bush was to college ball this year.
Tom Lemming
#College

Every year kids get mad. It's just not in front of the Knight Commission.
Tom Lemming
#Kids

Size has become a lot more important now. With linemen, it's all about size or growth potential.
Tom Lemming
#Growth

I think Urban Meyer has a future Heisman Trophy candidate, a guy who's going to lead them to a national championship.
Tom Lemming
#Future

I absolutely applaud South Florida. Of course, only the superpowers can really do that and not get hurt.
Tom Lemming
#Hurt

He's not a polished product at quarterback, but with his arm he can make plays even if he's making mistakes. I think he has the strongest arm of any high school quarterback in the country.
Tom Lemming
#Mistakes

It means Notre Dame is once again becoming a major force in college recruiting after a 10-year absence. They beat all the top national programs to get Young. He will be the anchor of the best class of incoming offensive linemen in the nation. He is very active and aggressive. He has all the ingredients to be a left tackle at a major program.
Tom Lemming
#Absence

If I had to name one recruiter that would be the best in the country this year, it would be Larry Johnson.
Tom Lemming
#Country