Our recruiting rankings should rise a lot with this new staff in place. It may be difficult to get a recruit who has a offer from a blueblood but the likes of TCU, Tech, Baylor, Oklahoma State, etc should be no problem for UH especially if the recruits are from the Houston area.
Here are some points I would stress to recruits.
Experienced power 5 coaches
The number of NFL players coached by this staff
UH has power 5 facilities
Very high chance of going to a NY6 bowl
Over 90% of P5 schools will not go to playoffs
Getting educated at a Tier 1 university
The university administrators are 110% committed to student athletes
After writing my list, I got pumped up and really excited about our football program’s outlook. This could be a sneak peak of our team in the B12.
With these points, P5 schools can’t use the G5 stigma on our program anymore. This could be the paradigm shift we are looking for.
Maybe over time but unless we win 10+ games and beat someone good in a bowl game, I don’t see a much improvement next year. Our average recruit ranking this year is quite a bit better than 2017 or 2018.
Yeah, I screwed up my calculation. So 65 P5 schools means on about 6% make the playoff. We always recruit against the P5, that isn’t, won’t be, new. We just do not consistently land the best guys we go after. Boise St landed three 4* recruits in its 2019 class. Have you ever been to Boise? Nothing there except a blue field to play on. Whatever they are doing must resonate with some kids. They don’t always do that well but this year they seemed to hit gold. Good for them. Those kids will be juniors when we play them in a few years if they stick around.
So you convince them that since none of your offer schools has a real chance at the playoffs you might as well play for Houston because we have nicer facilities? That may work occasionally if the kid feels chemistry with the coach but it isn’t a good long-term solution, imo.
The chance to play OU/UT every year still means something to Texas kids, that is a selling point they make along with the possibility of the playoff. TCU can show their BCS/NY6 bowl wins, Baylor can sell the Heisman more recently, Tech would have to sell crowd size. If players actually look at the whole picture, I don’t see why any would pick those 3 schools over UH (maybe TCU). They rarely do look at everything though.
Although we have a really good locker room, weight room, team meeting rooms, etc, football shares the building with other sports.
The new wave in athletic facilities, is for football to have their own football operations building to house their locker room, weight room, dining room, lounge, coaches offices, etc. This is something UH is going to do but we do not know when.
Even Baylor is getting ready to build their football operations building. Most of the mid-level B12 schools are pouring money into their athletic facilities because they know realignment is coming and they don’t want to be left out.
When we get the football operations building built, we will be a P5 in every sense except for conference affiliation which is the next step.