Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Grambling gets recruiting boost from bowl

GRAMBLING, Louisiana — Recruiting at Grambling has changed right before Broderick Fobbs' eyes during his first three seasons with the program.

Yes, winning cures many things, including recruiting, but Fobbs is noticing how differently, in a good way, Grambling is viewed externally. The brand is resuming relevancy, and recruits are starting to take notice.

"Things have picked up tremendously," Grambling's coach said Monday. "We are a lot more welcome at different places than normal. That speaks to the way our team has played on television and our team has played just in general. Our coaches are very well respected because they do an exceptional job of teaching.

"It's not just about athletes running around, jumping over people and catching balls and making plays. Parents are seeing that, student-athletes are seeing that, and I think high school coaches are seeing that. Things have gone rather well for us in recruiting thus far."

Grambling is 10-1 this season with a Southwestern Athletic Conference championship trophy sitting in the football office, the program's first since 2011. The stakes become much higher in terms of recruiting and branding this weekend when Grambling plays on national television in the Celebration Bowl against North Carolina Central.


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