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« Reply #16650 on: July 17, 2017, 09:58:32 am »

Well, a few things, just to engender discussion:

1. Fordham historically did a lot of recruiting out of NYC area high schools, and it seems that the talent levels there have dropped, for demographic and other reasons. Even Tom Pecora, who'd made his bones on recruiting the City and environs, found himself going outside the immediate area for recruits (Rochester, Boston, Montreal, to name a few destinations). And, for the talent remaining in NYC area high schools, the pool is being extensively fished.

2. A lot of the elite players get siphoned off into prep schools (a goodly number of them in New Jersey) where we haven't historically had much clout (despite having some alumni in these schools' coaching ranks).

3. We are disfavored by academic pressures, recent low success levels, and (dare I say) facilities issues.  These are well known among area players, and are used by a lot of rival coaches as "oppo".

4. Our current head coach and his assistants did not have a profile of recruiting the area in the years before coming to Rose Hill. Mike DePaoli is young. We might be suffering a "fish out of water" phenomenon, to some extent.

5. Factors 1 through 4 are greatly diminished, if not eliminated altogether, when we go after foreign recruits.

#3 is huge!

I would be awfully curious to hear what Tom Pecora would say now about his experience recruiting at Fordham. He came in very confident, but for the most part the recruiting left a bit to be desired aside from some exceptions which were big recruiting coups irrespective of whether they panned out or not.
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