Boise State football’s recruiting catchphrase, OKG, shows up at Arizona

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

Boise State football coach Chris Petersen’s recruiting philosophy showed up Wednesday at Arizona — in a big, splashy way.

Petersen and his staff have called their recruits OKGs — “Our Kinda Guy” — since he became the head coach in 2006. The label reflects the program’s philosophy of recruiting players who fit on and off the field, with an emphasis on character, personality and competitiveness.

On Wednesday, Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez talked about his OKG philosophy. In fact, the Wildcats announced their signings on Twitter with the hashtag #AZOKGDAY.

OKGs were the talk of the day in Tucson — here are stories from the Arizona Daily Star and Fox Sports Arizona.

Rodriguez was asked yesterday about how the OKG label became part of his program. Here is what he said:

“I don’t remember. Matt Dudek, who has done a really good job as our on-campus recruiting guy, talked about, ‘How do we describe what we want to do going forward in our recruiting process? What kind of catchphrase can we have?’ I said, there are a lot of people who rank these guys — and they do a really good job for the most part — but some guys who rank them maybe never even saw the kids play. They could be sitting in their pajamas in their basement drooling on themselves, saying, ‘Oh, let’s give this guy five stars’ and never watched film. Even though you look at that and it’s fun to compare, we like to say we’re going to do our own evaluation and get our kinda guy. This class and going forward is going to be Our Kinda Guys.”

That could get awkward when Boise State and Arizona inevitably recruit against each other.

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In today’s paper, I wrote about how defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake approached this recruiting class and ended up with five cornerbacks — read it here. And Brian Murphy wrote about how important this class is to the future of the program — read that one here.

Later today, I’ll post scouting reports on the offensive recruits with quotes from all of the assistant coaches. Tomorrow, I’ll hit the defensive guys. I’ve also got some good stories from the road that the coaches shared.

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Chadd Cripe has spent the past 12 years as the Boise State football beat writer. You can follow him on Twitter @IDS_BroncoBeat.

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