This is a random comment from Aram on a football thread in his In the Huddle blog. As you probably know we don’t always agree, but when it comes to the future success of Amat and Damien football, he hit a home run with this … Football, three weeks and counting!!
Here’s the question posed to Aram….
Other than DJ Daniels, why does Amat not get more Pasadena guys? How does Alemany get all of their kids? Steven Mitchell (Top 100 Rivals), Devin Ross (5-6 D-1 offers), the freshmen Desean Holmes (offers from Utah and Washington), and the two Oregon State kids Marable and Gonzales, that awesome QB they had Adams and all of the other filler kids. How is a school in the SFV snatching them all up and a school in the SGV isn’t? Even Crespi has a Pasadena stud in Foreman (8 D-1 offers). The SGV has talent, mostly in the WSGV, so why can’t Amat capitalize?
Let me just be plain old blunt with you about this. In order to do things like that you need to hustle. The Amat coaches aren’t about to be up in Pasadena planting the Amat flag. And those types of guys aren’t just gonna end up on Amat’s doorstep. And despite what people say about Gano and Damien, they’re actually doing a poor job of hustling, too. It certainly hasn’t gone down like many people thought it would when Gano was hired.
In my opinion, both Amat and Damien are being handicapped by the powers that be who don’t want to do the things necessary to be an elite parochial football program. And that’s OK. That’s their choice.
Now, Asante at St. Paul is a different story. The school is clearly letting him do what it takes.
When Amat and Damien want to realize that football is a business, and football success = more students and more students = more money, then they’ll allow the programs to do what they need to do to get the type of talent they need to compete.
Some of you may call this wrong. And you’ve certainly got a point. But you either do it or 6-4 is your ceiling.