NASHVILLE – The third recruiting and recruiting symposium, created to bring together the best college football talent, returned to Music City Wednesday morning for a two-day conference.

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“At a symposium 15 years ago, there would have been nine guys in the room.” – Texas Director of Player Personnel Billy Glasscock said during a Q&A panel with several of the most prominent players in the industry.

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Glasscock said this while looking out at a crowd of more than 300 people as college football programs across the country continue to pour into the vital recruiting side of things. And they should, just as long gone are the days of videotapes, overhead projectors, and college assistant coaches who were solely responsible for who to target and how to look after key prospects. Ed Marinowitz is the founder of this event, which featured almost every major college football program this week, as well as several G5 schools and Ivy League staff. Just under 200 employees attended the first Human Resources Symposium five years ago, indicating that departments have grown even more over that period. Marinowitz was the Associate Athletic Director of Football for Alabama and later took up the position of Vice President of Human Resources for the Philadelphia Eagles. Ohio Deputy Athletic Director and General Manager of Football Mark Pantonicurrent agent (Athletes First) and former head of recruiting for Ole Miss and South Carolina. Matt Lindsey and Clemson, senior director of recruiting, Jordan Sorrells, helped Marinovits put it together.

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“The most talented people in the building work in recruiting,” Glasscock continued, adding how “relentless” the job is.

It is, of course, ruthless!

There really is no downtime in recruiting these days, and as Sorrells pointed out in a later panel, college football’s off-season really is their “season” as recruiting comes to the fore.

From assessment to helping field coaches organize recruitment advice, to preparing for future campus applicants, to dealing with the transfer portal, the NIL, and the ever-changing rules around scholarship counters and the like. an iceberg of what the staff has to deal with every day. Requests from field trainers arrive at midnight with a deadline of 8 am.

“We always do it,” Glasscock said.

It’s amazing that only one or two guys were doing these operations before. Now you have a Director of Player Human Resources, Directors of Football Scouting, Assistant Directors of Recruiting, Assistant Director of Recruiting and High School Relations, Director of Football Creative Media, Directors of Campus Recruiting and Director of Recruiting Strategy, and it goes on and on . on the.

“We talk about recruiting every day,” said Kathy Turner, AD recruiting strategy assistant in Florida.

People attending the symposium got the chance to hear from former Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and Tennessee Titans general manager John Robinson, as well as Hall of Famer Bill Polian, who entertained for over an hour with everything from book recommendations to detailed scouting tips for every position. why the Indianapolis Colts chose Peyton Manning above Ryan Leaf in the 1998 NFL Draft. His two sons are in college football (Brian at LSU and Dennis at Baylor), and Polian pays close attention to him.

“You are facing chaos,” Polian told the assembled, reminding them of their true mission.

“Focus on winning football matches. In chaos, how can I contribute to victory?

In addition to networking and exchanging ideas, those in attendance were able to talk about how to avoid burnout at work and about mental health amidst work-related full-time work.

“We want good people to do it,” said the North Carolina advertising assistant and general manager. Patrick Saddes said.

Between panel discussions and breakout sessions, everything seemed to be discussed, including raising industry pay, perhaps to potential students who attend college too often, to potentially more dead periods, making recruiting photoshoots more exclusive to suggesting a rule to gain admission to Off-field personnel from the NCAA will travel on missions from time to time throughout the year to help recruit and evaluate efforts.

“Put on a lot of different hats,” Kenny Sanders, director of personnel at Penn State, told everyone in the crowd.

Pantoni, who is one of the pioneers in the industry, is the architect of Florida’s first ever Friday Night Lights, which is copied nationally in one form or another, whose time goes back to cutting real videotapes before the invention of film. evaluations of tools such as Hudl and services such as UC Report indicate an increase in the number of women in this field.

“Never rest on your laurels, always be hungry, focused and motivated,” Pantoni said.

The buzz in the room says all of these staffers will be going back to their college football programs to keep pouring into them.