It's a common phrase. Recruiting is the “life blood” of any program.
On national signing day, recruiting services all over the country praise the efforts of head coaches who have had great recruiting classes. But usually, it's not the head coach that deserves the credit. It's the assistants that are constantly working the phone, checking their emails, and traveling any spare moment they can.
At FoxSports/Scout.com, we like to praise their efforts by handing out hardware every year. The awards are voted on by the FoxSports/Scout.com recruiting staffs.
With SMU currently ranking as the top C-USA school in the Scout.com 2011 team rankings, it's no surprise their top recruiter is taking home an award.
SMU offensive line coach Adrian Klemm has been named the FoxSports/Scout.com Conference USA recruiter of the year. Klemm, in his second year as the o-line coach on the Hilltop, reeled in eight signees of the 28 that signed on Wednesday. His biggest names coming from the state of California in the form of 4-star linebacker Davon Moreland and 3-star offensive tackle Dontae Levingston. Klemm beat out traditional teams in the Top 25 for both players.
"Obviously, Adrian’s doing some great work out there (California), but I think he’s great anywhere. He really connects with kids and having those Super Bowl rings doesn’t hurt," said SMU head coach June Jones.
Recruits that Klemm was largely responsible for:
SMU's Adrian Klemm with 3-star commitment Kris Weeks at the SMU camp in Dallas.
1.) Davon Moreland - rated nationally as the No. 21 outside linebacker in the country (4-stars), Moreland chose SMU over Oregon State, Arizona, Arizona State, USC, UCLA, Washington, San Diego State, Texas A&M, and California.
2.) Dontae Levingston - rated nationally as the No. 35 offensive guard in the country (3-stars), Levingston chose SMU over offers from USC, Florida, Washington, Arizona, San Diego State, and New Mexico.
3.) Kris Weeks - rated nationally as the No. 75 offensive guard in the country (3-stars), Weeks turned down major interest from Big 12 programs, deciding to become SMU's first 2011 commitment in March.
4.) Taylor Reich - rated nationally as the No. 123 offensive tackle in the country (3-stars), Reich chose SMU over offers from Nevada and UTEP.
5.) Arrius Holleman - rated nationally as the No. 110 wide receiver in the country (3-stars), Holleman chose SMU over offers from Rice, Texas Tech, and Houston.
6.) Connor Preston - rated nationally as the No. 83 quarterback in the country, Preston chose SMU over Colorado, Maryland, Cincinnati and others.
7.) Taylor Lasecki - rated nationally as the No. 32 center in the country.
8.) Christian Holloway
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