How Shaka Nabbed a Top-5 Class

Good article by Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis detailing how Shaka Smart’s first recruiting class at Texas came together. Shaka had developed a reputation as an ace recruiter while at VCU (and previously as an assistant at Clemson and Florida), but he encountered new obstacles when he arrived at Texas. Davis does a good job documenting the ups & downs of assembling a recruiting class.

For more on recruiting, check out the following articles:
-Frank Martin Recruiting Q&A (LINK)
-Shaka Smart on Recruiting (LINK)
-San Diego State Hits the Road Looking for the Next Kawhi (LINK)
-Billy Donovan’s Championship Blueprint (LINK)
-A New Day in Houston Football (LINK)
-Dave Paulsen Coaching Thoughts (LINK)

There was certainly much adjusting to do. At VCU, Smart had specialized in finding what he calls “wild dogs,” players who had few or perhaps zero scholarship offers and played with a burning desire to prove their worth. At Texas, however, he understood that he would need to procure top-30 players who were good enough to go to the NBA after one or two college seasons.


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