Fresno State put its coaches on the recruiting road Wednesday after practice, its first chance to use up a number of the 42 evaluation days allowed by the NCAA.
Inside receivers/tight ends coach Phil Earley was on his way to the Bay Area, defensive line coach Pete Germano will be out in the Valley, running backs coach Joe Wade and receivers coach Ron Antoine are going to be in the Inland Empire, Orange County and San Diego, safeties coach David Brown was headed to Los Angeles, cornerbacks coach Jordan Peterson to North Los Angeles and over to the Central Coast and offensive line coach Cameron Norcross to his recruiting area around Sacramento.
"Everybody but Coach (Tim) DeRuyter and coach (Dave) Schramm and coach (Nick) Toth are out on the road for this last couple days of the week here and most of them will hit one or possibly two games while they're out," said Earley, who also is the Bulldogs' recruiting coordinator.
Because Fresno State has played a Thursday game against Rutgers and a Friday game against Boise State, plus two games on the road in areas it doesn't recruit, the staff hasn't had many chances to get coaches out on the road to evaluate recruits. To this point, they had used six evaluations.
Under NCAA rules, they are not allowed to meet with the players during an evaluation period, but they can talk to coaches and watch them in games.
"It's a constant situation," DeRuyter said. "There are some kids that commit early and still want to be recruiting, some kids that really develop between their junior and senior years and we really want to see who those guys are. It's a year-round deal. You can't just sign 25 in the spring and think you're done."
With the staff out, some through Saturday others through Sunday, the Bulldogs will use probably 16 more evaluation days this weekend. During the next bye week on the schedule in November between games at Wyoming and against New Mexico, they again will hit California high schools and junior colleges, but also are looking to send a coach or two to Texas to keep lines open there as well.
DeRuyter was the defensive coordinator at Texas A&M for two years before he was hired as the Bulldogs' coach, Toth was on the staff there, Peterson played there and Antoine also has ties in Texas, having grown up in Beaumont.
Fresno State in its 2013 recruiting class signed two players from Texas - kicker Colin McGuire from Westwood High in Austin and safety Randon Knotts from Lyndon B. Johnson High in Austin.
"The guys that recruit California, the Valley, we're always going to be in California, but the plan is to have a couple guys head to Texas," Earley said. "It's that time of year, but it's a heck of a lot easier to go out when you're 5-0."
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