When Herm Edwards was announced as the new head coach of the Arizona State Sun Devils, everyone knew he would need some time to adjust to the collegiate game.
What people did not likely factor in, though, is how excited Edwards would be when learning about how the recruiting process works.
Here is Edwards discussing, well, everything during an appearance on Golic and Wingo on Wednesday morning.
“Where recruiting has gone,” Edwards opens up by explaining. “Mike, this is almost like professional football when it comes to recruiting kids and evaluating these guys. It’s big. We’re already on the 2019 guys,” Edwards shared, followed by his signature chuckle.
“I basically came in here and set up a pro model of how we’re going to go about evaluating players. But the evaluation is the key here in college football. It’s not like in pro football. In pro football, it’s interesting because when you win, you draft last but in college football you recruit. You have to go after guys.”
“It’s, I’ll tell you what now, you’re not only recruiting kids, sometimes you’re trying to recruit the parent too. That’s what amazing. You have to stay in contact with these kids.”
“I’m calling these kids all the time, making visits, I’m all over the place and you’re asking an 18 year old kid to come to your university and a lot of these kids have no idea why they’re going to go to your university. They don’t know. They want to be recruited. They want to know how many people are coming to their house, how many head coaches are calling them. It’s an amazing deal.”
We can now add this wonderful Herm insight to his other delights since becoming the new Arizona State coach. His previous hits were not knowing what his team’s nickname is and losing both of his coordinators after saying he was keeping everyone from the previous staff.
Edwards hasn’t been a coach since 2008, but he has remained a visible figure thanks to his job at ESPN as an NFL analyst.
Edwards has not been a college coach since he was at San Jose State in the 1980s.