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February 18, 2021 48 min

Joined by my good friend and former colleague, Vincent Marshall, this episode is as good as it gets in terms of recruiting knowledge!

 

A big takeaway from the show is Vincent's genuine approach to life and football.

 

Starting off the day with a positive tweet, getting into the office at 4:30am and being authentic in building relationships with players and coaches, his approach is one we all can learn from.

 

To kick the...

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This is a show I've wanted to record ever since the middle of the pandemic! Due to NCAA rules, I am unable to record with current high school coaches (that are associated with recruits) BUT.... now that Marco Regalado has been named a Recruiting Analyst with Washington State University, we now are graced by his presence!

 

Jumping on the show after driving nearly 2,000 miles from the DFW to Pullman, Washington, Marco made tim...

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In this episode, we take a deep dive into Joan Ryan's new book "Intangibles" and break down what team chemistry truly is.

 

Chemistry isn't simply defined or contained, but there are two distinct types of chemistry -social and task chemistry. Social chemistry is what we commonly think of, in terms of social and emotional connectivity. Task chemistry is all about the job and having complete trust in your teammate o...

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In this episode, Coach Carthel gives us an inside look on the challenges SFA faced on the field as a team and off the field in recruiting this past year.

 

With the Southland Conference cancelling conference games, Coach Carthel and SFA put together a full, 10-game, non-conference schedule and made it happen !

 

This was one of the more fun show to be a part of and we hit on everything from coach's affinity for the state of...

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In this episode, Brian Metz walks us through his journey from equipment student manager to full time, Tight Ends coach with the Ohio Bobcats!

 

As we discuss his approach to networking and career growth, as well as his recruiting process, it's easy to see how and why Brian is where he is. He's passionate about having a "beginner's" or "growth mindset" and takes pride in being what he calls a "maste...

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In the inaugural episode of 2021, Yahoo Sports' College Football Reporter - Pete Thamel breaks down the craziness that was 2020 and the seismic shifts facing the sport moving forward!

 

One of the best in the business, Pete shares how he got started in the sports reporting profession, his writing and reporting process, and insights gained from being around the highest performers in college athletics. 

 

When it comes to int...

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In this episode, Evan Harrington - Assistant Director for Player Engagement with the Washington Football Team shares incredible insight from his impressive (albeit young) career in the coaching profession.

 

With the experience of playing at the JuCo, FBS, NFL, CFL, and International levels, along with coaching across four different countries, Evan might be the most traveled football coach in the world.

 

Throughout the episode...

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In this episode, we start out with a deep dive on how to successfully lead and manage a player personnel department with Auburn's DPP - Ryan "Tree" Trichel.

 

Starting with Tree's experience at Louisiana-Lafayette and working to his current role at Auburn, the emphasis on organization stands out above all else. He truly takes pride in being the most organized recruiter and staying one step ahead of the competition...

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Joined by my good friend and mentor, Bob Merritt - Assistant GM for the Edmonton Eskimos, this week's edition of Up Close In Personnel is basically a tutorial on how to successfully assemble a recruiting department and construct a roster in college football!

  

Having coached, scouted, and recruited at all levels of football, Bobby details his career path and lessons he's learned along the way.

 

We really dialed in on ...

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In this interview, Ethan Johnson of Liberty talks through his personal journey in the recruiting world, what he's learned along the way and actionable advice for making personnel decisions in college football.

  

Liberty is one of the fastest rising programs in the country, so I had to make sure we got Ethan on the show to break down his process and how Liberty has performed so well on a national front.

 

The words "Pro...

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In this interview, we catch up with UTSA's Joe Price as it's nearly been 7 months since his last visit to the show. We talk about how this season has been for UTSA in Head Coach Jeff Traylor's first season at the helm and Joe's first year as Director of Player Personnel.

 

EDITOR'S NOTE: Our conversation was recorded Wednesday, 2 days before the announced postponement of the matchup between Rice and UTSA due t...

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In my conversation with Marshall, we talked through his journey to the Bay Area and his process as a recruiter.

 

There's so much to pull away from this episode, especially if you want to learn the mindset of one of the top recruiters in the country. Marshall understands the importance of promoting the brand of Cal football and the connection that must exist with the target audience of recruits.

 

Below are some of my notes...

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Joined by Tony Cappuccilli - Manager with the Ogden Raptors (rookie ball club within the LA Dodgers' farm system) episode 27 is loaded with material for anyone trying to learn more about teambuilding, coaching, player development, scouting and recruiting!

 

As a member of the Dodgers' organization since 2017, Tony's hoping that the third time is the charm when it comes to World Series runs. We recorded this show while...

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In my conversation with Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting, we touched on everything from comparing quarterbacks to characters from the classic show, "The Office" to scouting processes, navigating the football industry and behind the scenes stories from his experience overseeing player personnel within the XFL!

 

Knowing Eric as both a friend and former colleague, this was one of the most enjoyable conversations I've reco...

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In my conversation with Jordan Arcement - Director of Recruiting from UVA, we honed in on relationship building and making the connection as a recruiter.

 

Over the course of this podcast, we've had multiple guest bring up how important relationship-building is in the process and how it separates the good from the great recruiters.

 

Still, this is one episode where we dig past the surface and provide specific examples of h...

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If you're interested in the world of NFL scouting, then this episode is for you! Neil Stratton, President of Inside The League, talks shop on the scouting process, how to break into the industry and his new book called "Scout Speak"!     "Scout Speak" is an easy $9.99 purchase that can be found on Amazon (link provided below) and touches on all things related to the scouting process, the draft room and how to ca...
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    This week's convo with Lucas Jadin covers mental skills training and his new book "Win In The Dark". The book dropped at the perfect time, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and it was an absolute privilege to have Lucas on the show!

     

    From a process, habits and routines perspective, here were some quick nuggets that I took away from the episode:

     

    Finding Balance

    Balance can be elusive in the world of high...

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    In this conversation with Steve Palazzolo, we talk through how he got involved with the football analytics juggernaut - Pro Football Focus - and the role that their data plays for decision makers across the sport.

     

    Broken down to its core, PFF provides information to help football teams make better decisions regarding gameplanning and personnel.

     

    Instead of taking the route of efficiency and evaluating the most recent four ga...

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    This week's notes will read different than previous week's.  I'll drop a handful of main takeaways and you can visit UpCloseInPersonnel.com for the complete show notes! Thanks for taking time to listen and see you next week!   1. Pro Tip for Live Evaluations
  • "Let the players come to you."
  • Avoid the urge to be right and instead focus on being present.
  • Information changes. Scouting is dynamic, not static
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    From a content perspective, this show is all about the mindset, approach and traits required to excel as an evaluator in the football industry.

     

    Whether you're working at the collegiate level, pro level or just a fan of the draft, Dane breaks down his process and gives real actionable advice on how to hone the skill of evaluating football talent.

     

    Like I do each and every week, here's your listener's guide to the ...

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