I think we can all agree that in JaJuan Seider WVU found itself someone who can capably recruit the parts of Florida Robert Gillespie mined so well the past few years, and that that work continued what the Mountaineers have done there since Doc Holliday was wearing out a path before it started to pay dividends.
And Seider can probably coach a bit as the boss of the running backs, too. We have to wait and see on that one, but we know he’s pulled players out of the region awash with talent and that Dana Holgorsen was looking to find someone who could do the same for the Mountaineers.
Why Seider? Just ask him.
“The biggest thing with south Florida kids is trust,” Seider said. “If you’re the coach recruiting them, you’re going to have a hard time recruiting them if they don’t trust you. If they trust you, they’ll go through a wall for you.”
Where a head coach oversees up to 85 players on scholarship and walk-ons, an assistant coach recruits a handful of players and coaches a small group every year. High school coaches, like parents, trust the assistant coaches will look out for the player and get involved in matters before the coach becomes involved.
“The coaches down there trust me,” Seider said. “They know if I tell a kid I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it.”
Seider is honest, educated by his experience as a high school player recruited from a region known as “Muck City” and a college star who returned there.
Now he has been further shaped by his time as an assistant coach. What he sees are college coaches who view the state as an opportunity for themselves and not always the players.
“There are so many guys recruiting kids to say, ‘I signed somebody. I signed, X, Y and Z. I signed this many guys,’ just to look good for a job,” Seider said. “The coaches down there are smarter now. They’re not getting caught up in Florida, Florida State and Miami. They’re getting caught up in ‘What’s best for my kids?’ “