“Because that creates physical parameters for what we’re looking for,” Diaco said. “We call them our profiles. Our profiles are set per the jobs we ask them to do which aren’t going to change. They stay the same. And then you inspect your team that you have to see how many guys you need to collect of what particular spot.”
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Looks like we’re rolling this story out over the weekend but I wanted to leave a little more of it here now to chew on. Here Diaco offers some details on how he and the staff find the right fit for positions to build the team while recruiting
“We call those three positions skill, big skill and power. So we decide how many power players, how many skill players and how many big skill players that we need. Then, we look at the position intangibly and detail out how many players we’re willing to add that have different intangible characteristics – because everyone comes with a different background, different type of demeanor. So what do we want to do with that to make the position room improve, to make it whole? That creates our targets before we even hit the road.
“When you hit the road with that intense, very clear focused plan you just start evaluating and it becomes very simple. So, you’re evaluating through the lists. The first thing you get are the lists so you work your way through the lists and the ones that don’t fit those parameters you erase and the ones that do then obviously you need to collect video, transcripts and go to their schools, talk to the people in the school and so forth.
“Because we covet smart, disciplined, tough guys that are big, long, specifically long, it becomes a little bit easier because with the transcripts you can project a little better. You’ve got guys that have test scores, you’ve got guys that are A students, B students and you can see a projection where you’re not looking at a C, C-minus, D-plus student. You’re waiting to see what the profile is going to look like – not that everybody is going to launch a missile into outer space.
“Because it reciprocates back. You get the guys with you. You’ve already built this model of what you’re excited about and it really feels right – because you’ve already targeted a guy that you’re looking for so then they’re looking at you like ‘yeah you’re what I’m looking for’.”
And then, ultimately…
“We’re presenting who we are, how we do our business, what our expectations are as a football program and also what the school’s distinctions are and because of that it’s pretty clear when the fit is right they don’t mind saying yes.”