It is now six weeks since the FCS regular season ended, and NDSU is still playing football. That means almost all FCS teams have been spending six weeks concentrating on recruiting, sans the recent holiday dead period. The same went for the Bison and Sam Houston State last year.
The point is this: it will be interesting in the coming years to measure the quality of the recruiting classes of each school considering so much time is spent on game preparation and most likely not enough on recruiting. I’m of the mindset that reaching the FCS title game hurts recruiting more than it helps, and for two reasons: 1. the aforementioned ability to get out and talk to kids. There is no substitute for being in a kid’s living room. 2. the fact some kids will not sign with either team with the theory of being able to get on the field sooner with a non-playoff team than a national title-contending team. Don’t laugh; the perceived easy sell of being with a winner is not that easy.
It appears NDSU’s verbal commitment class to date is rather solid, but most of us haven’t seen a down of those kids play live. You just don’t know from this chair. There are still vacancies for a linebacker or two, which is surprising considering an incoming freshman linebacker could make a case of immediately being on the two-deep chart right away. It’s the one position that needs players, now.
The first clue to the quality of a signing day class on the heals of a national championship will come this spring. We’ll see if these teams can reload.