Unless you're Boise State, it's difficult for most coaches in the Mountain West Conference to recruit high-profile recruits to the midwest. It's even harder to get kids to come play for the Air Force Academy, and coach Troy Calhoun has experienced that first-hand.
Calhoun is entering his seventh season with the Falcons, and has compiled an impressive 47-31 record and has appeared in a bowl game every year. But it hasn't been easy getting the talent he needs to reach the next level.
"You just get right to it." Calhoun told SiriusXM College Sports Nation. "As soon as you get into a home and visit with a young man and his parents, he's got to have at least a 3.5 GPA, he's got to have an 1150 two-part SAT. You will not redshirt. You're going to go to school for four years, you're going to hake 18 semester hours each semester, some of those semesters will have 21 semester hours.
"You're going to levels of chemistry, two levels of calculus, two levels of physics," he added. "You're going to take nautical engineering, astronautical engineering, [and] mechanical engineering."
That's all Calhoun can pitch when trying to reel in a recruit. While Chris Petersen and Tim DeRuyter (Fresno State) make promises such as development for the pros, Air Force is dedicated to grooming young men to take flight and fight for our country.
"You'll go through base training," Calhoun said. "Before your sophomore year, you go through survival training. If you're able to earn your way through the academy after four years, you're going to serve on active duty.
"You aren't going to the NFL," he continued. "You just get right to the point that way. The truth is, for many 17-and 18-year-olds, to have to relinquish your cell phone or not be able to wear blue jeans with a hole in the pocket. Many just want to play in the National Football League. There are other things involved when you come to the Air Force Academy."
Becoming a Falcon may not be as colorful as other programs, but it definitely has the track record of instilling the tools needed to be successful in life into its student-athletes.
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