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Football's recruiting race

For high-profile new coaching hires, there's no time to waste before signing day

Updated: January 16, 2014, 10:48 AM ET
By Jared Shanker | ESPN RecruitingNation

There were fewer than 24 hours to go before six distraught high school seniors and their parents flooded Tulsa's campus demanding answers. The school was without a football coach and a half-dozen official visits were scheduled to begin the next day.

The few remaining assistant coaches pressed the athletic director to cancel the visits, but he insisted a coach would be named the next day. So during a brainstorming session, running backs coach Bill Blankenship formulated a plan.

"I ...

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