Letter From the Editor: Recruiting Coverage of a Different Sort
by Will Stewart
TSL Extra, Issue #4

Welcome to the first annual TSLX Recruiting Issue. But I should tell you, "Recruiting Issue" might not mean what you would guess.

In the case of the TSLX, it doesn't mean that you'll be inundated with yet more player listings, profiles and minutiae. Lord knows, we gave you enough of that out on the main TechSideline.com web site, for free.

What we're going to do in this issue of the TSLX is talk about some of the peripheral issues that surround recruiting. Sure, this month's edition of "Inside the Numbers" ranks the Tech recruits from #1 to #21, but other than that, there's not a lot of player-centric articles in this issue.

The other articles in this month's issue, however, will delve into recruiting in a different way. We've got an article about Assistant Coach Jim Cavanaugh, one of Tech's best recruiters; a short, fun piece from Coach Criswell called "Ten things every fan should know about recruiting"; a recruiting primer of do's and donít's according to Assistant Head Coach Bryan Stinespring; and an edition of "Inside TSL" that breaks down the incredible impact that recruiting coverage had on TSL's traffic in January and early February.

There's even more than that, but you get the idea. If it's possible to get your fill of recruiting, then this issue of the TSL Extra ought to round out your plate nicely. You've got all the player-related info you can possibly absorb out on the main web site, and in here, a look behind the scenes.

We had planned to include a player profile or two, including the Holy Grail of recruiting profiles (KJ), but it didn't come together for this month. But rest assured, we continue to work towards that goal, and you'll have more profiles to enjoy in the coming months.

And how about that cover, eh? Many thanks to message board poster "RUHokie" for his "Pieces of a Championship" collage, which depicts 19 of Tech's 21 signees. It is truly unique and a great keepsake, and just for fun, see if you can figure out which two recruits are not shown, without looking at a list of signees.

So enjoy. And a reminder -- your subscription to TSLX brings with it two benefits that you may not be aware of or may not be taking advantage of:

1.) Access to back issues. Even if you just jumped on board, you can read the back issues, all the way back to issue #1. I have made the back issues easier to access out on the main TSL Extra page (look for the "Back Issues" link near the bottom).

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As always, folks, thanks for supporting the site.

Enjoy issue #4.


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