Chris Petersen: 'So many kids don't love football. They love recruiting'

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Saturday July 29, 2017

Originally published 10/28/16

When evaluating recruits, Chris Petersen tries to see how many people like the player.

On Thursday, Urban Meyer explained what he looks for in recruiting. Petersen recently joined Mike Krzyzewski’s SiriusXM show, and the two talked philosophies in recruiting, and what Petersen has continued from his time at Boise State.

“The easy part as coaches is to put the tape on and go, ‘Yeah, he’s good enough.’ I used to always say it like that. ‘He’s good enough,’” Petersen said. “My coaches would look at me like, ‘What do you mean good enough? This is the top guy in the west.’ What I would mean by that is, physically, what he does on the field is good enough, but how well is he going to do when he gets with us? So many of these intangible factors.

“Is he really our kind of guy? Does he truly love football? On a scale of 1-10, does he love it at a 15? I make a big thing about that nowadays, because I think so many kids don’t love football. They love recruiting. They love being recruited. But when it comes down to loving the game when it’s Week 8, you’re sore and tired and you’re going to go out to practice to get better. Those guys are hard to find."

Petersen says there’s also a simple question.

Do people like him? I know his coach is going to like him. The coach always likes his best player. Does the English teacher like him? Do the counselors like him?” Petersen said. “That’s been our thing, trying to find the right guys, staff-wise that treat kids the right way, and we want a certain type of student-athlete to come here.”

Krzyzewski said that’s vital on a team in any sport.

“If I have to continue to motivate you, this is not going to be good. You need to give me, too. You need to give me some enthusiasm, I’ll give you enthusiasm, and the season isn’t as long then,” Krzyzewski said. “I have a team right now, I love seeing these guys every day. They make my day better. That sounds like what you have there (at Washington).”

The Huskies play at Utah tomorrow in a huge Pac-12 game. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News,, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to