Ole Pete wants to tackle a topic that is as prickly as a desert cactus...the recruiting of local students to play for the Aggies. It’s a real ball of hooks for
Sometimes a cowboy gets stuck in a box canyon with no easy way to ride out. Specifically, a consistent complaint from folks who say they are football fans is that they won’t support the football team until local players are a part of the mix. The implication is that all it would take for the turnstiles to spin and the stands to be full would be to add a Trojan, Knight or Bulldawg or two to the squad and the marketing problems are over. It’s a nice thought but is it true?
The Aggies gave their best sales pitch to two Las Cruces Bulldawgs recently, to get them to join football head coach DeWayne Walker’s vision for a better Aggie team. Both young men heard what the Aggies had to say but decided to look elsewhere for their college experience. That is how the recruiting game goes sometimes but it isn’t always that way for NM State.
Look at the two basketball programs. Marvin Menzies has Gordo Castillo, the two-time state player of the year at Las Cruces HS and a lifelong resident of the
Volleyball head coach Mike Jordan had Krystal Torres on his team for the last four years. Attendance has been consistently strong for
I also would like to look at some of the reasons why local players have chosen to go elsewhere, like
Pete doesn’t see this as a chicken or the egg scenario. There needs to be great support for the program for it to prosper whether the roster has athletes from