Let the negative recruiting begin

Stew Morrill had a teleconference on Tuesday with the media covering Utah State and had some interesting things to say.

Among them, he said recruiting is a never-ending process and he wants to win in the post season as much, if not more, than those coaches who do advance to the Sweet 16 nearly every year.

That said, USU is on the lookout for new talent — such as Arizona JC product Stephen Rogers, California prep school star Steven Thornton and California high school star Zach Nelson. But the recruiting game often carries as much negative salesmanship from coaches as it does positive salesmanship.

Morrill said he’s heard it all from players he is trying to convince to become Aggies.

“They try to nail us on the weather, they try to nail us on the culture and they try to nail us on the lack of minorities,” Morrill said of what coaches will tell recruits about USU. “But what they can’t nail us on is the atmosphere and the success we have.”

Morrill has taken some time off lately to rest in Cache Valley after the long season while hosting a few recruits and working the phone lines. He leaves Logan Wednesday for a couple of weeks of travel and recruiting.

Check back tomorrow for more of Morrill’s thoughts as he talked about the recently concluded season.

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