2015 Miami commit Jack Schroer wasn't put off by Miami's 0-12 record in 2013, despite not being well versed in the RedHawks esteemed past.
"I didn't know about the old Miami, all I knew was that they went 0-12 and weren't doing that well," Schroer told Hustle Belt. "But when I went there it didn't feel like they went 0-12 last year. It just felt like a successful program because of the new coaches. They built that mindset around winning and working hard. They've brought in a whole new offense and a whole new defense, so it's like a brand new program."
Impressed by the level of energy and detail surrounding the program, Schroer says he was thrilled when the RedHawks offered him after getting a chance to build a relationship with the coaching staff.
Schroer is the seventh commit in Miami's 2015 class, is a 6-foot-5 270-pound defensive tackle out of New Albany High School in New Albany, Ohio. Like many of his peers in Miami's class, he raved about the coaching staff and their approach to recruiting. But he also shed some light on one of the ways they've gone about making the whole process more intimate.
"I think the difference [for Miami] from most schools is that at the junior days the recruiting coach, and maybe the position coach will talk to you. But at Miami, I got to build relationships with pretty much every coach on their coaching staff," Schroer said. " At Miami's junior day I went to, there were probably like 12 or 13 other guys there. Then I went to Toledo and Bowling Green and their junior days were more like 90 to 100 kids. I also went to Bucknell's junior day and they had about 250, so just being able to build that relationship [with Miami] because there's less guys there, and you get more attention. It's just so much more personal."
That personal touch gave Schroer the confidence to end his recruiting process early and go with Miami despite having more than eight months until National Signing Day.
The 3-technique tackle also says he's looking forward to pairing up with fellow 2015 commit Nathon Trawick on the 'Hawks d-line in the future and hopefully bring a MAC Championship back to Oxford, Ohio.