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    So far from the information in this thread, IMO, it would appear that Thomas More moving to NAIA and being able to offer athletic scholarships has improved its ability to recruit the NKY region. It has also reduced the number of signees going to other NAIA schools in KY from the NKY region. Only one Gtown and Union signee apiece.

    Alternatively it could be a matter of strategy, an emphasis in recruiting closer to home while the other NAIA programs just aren't recruiting NKY as hard. Either way, I believe its good for TMU and bad for the rest of the MSC. There is much talent in NKY; Talent I would love to see end up at GTown that has now shifted to TMU.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HedgeHog8 View Post
    So far from the information in this thread, IMO, it would appear that Thomas More moving to NAIA and being able to offer athletic scholarships has improved its ability to recruit the NKY region. It has also reduced the number of signees going to other NAIA schools in KY from the NKY region. Only one Gtown and Union signee apiece.

    Alternatively it could be a matter of strategy, an emphasis in recruiting closer to home while the other NAIA programs just aren't recruiting NKY as hard. Either way, I believe its good for TMU and bad for the rest of the MSC. There is much talent in NKY; Talent I would love to see end up at GTown that has now shifted to TMU.
    I think Thomas More always has recruited well in NKY. Their Freshman classes have always been very large, and I'm also guessing not every signee is getting athletic money, and even fewer are getting significant chunks of athletic money. Certainly, the move to NAIA will help their recruiting. But I don't think a ton of guys from NKY were going to the other NAIA schools in the state to begin with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjs4470 View Post
    I think Thomas More always has recruited well in NKY. Their Freshman classes have always been very large, and I'm also guessing not every signee is getting athletic money, and even fewer are getting significant chunks of athletic money. Certainly, the move to NAIA will help their recruiting. But I don't think a ton of guys from NKY were going to the other NAIA schools in the state to begin with.
    I don't know about that last sentence. TMC offering some scholarship will probably sway some local kids to stay in the area. The ability to offer a scholarship will is a big plus for a school to recruit.

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    Cannot believe no NKY guys to the team in Kentucky with most wins in last decade.
    That would be Lindsey Wilson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgrappler View Post
    I don't know about that last sentence. TMC offering some scholarship will probably sway some local kids to stay in the area. The ability to offer a scholarship will is a big plus for a school to recruit.

    That would be Lindsey Wilson.
    I think that's what I said. My only point, is that TM has always recruited well in NKY and has always had a big draw for kids in the area. Kids from NKY weren't flocking to the other NAIA schools in the state over TM. Yes the ability to give schollies well help boost TM's recruiting and may bring in a few more locals, but I think it helps them more to bring kids in from outside of the area, and reality will make it even tougher for the local kids to see the field. It's always been tough...large rosters, and kids being sold the dream of playing college football. The reality is a good chunk of those kids that sign up to play at these schools never end up seeing the field. These small schools use football to drive enrollment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjs4470 View Post
    I think that's what I said. My only point, is that TM has always recruited well in NKY and has always had a big draw for kids in the area. Kids from NKY weren't flocking to the other NAIA schools in the state over TM. Yes the ability to give schollies well help boost TM's recruiting and may bring in a few more locals, but I think it helps them more to bring kids in from outside of the area, and reality will make it even tougher for the local kids to see the field. It's always been tough...large rosters, and kids being sold the dream of playing college football. The reality is a good chunk of those kids that sign up to play at these schools never end up seeing the field. These small schools use football to drive enrollment.
    I agree with this assessment. Remember, the NAIA limits a school to only 24 scholarships a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjs4470 View Post
    I think that's what I said. My only point, is that TM has always recruited well in NKY and has always had a big draw for kids in the area. Kids from NKY weren't flocking to the other NAIA schools in the state over TM. Yes the ability to give schollies well help boost TM's recruiting and may bring in a few more locals, but I think it helps them more to bring kids in from outside of the area, and reality will make it even tougher for the local kids to see the field. It's always been tough...large rosters, and kids being sold the dream of playing college football. The reality is a good chunk of those kids that sign up to play at these schools never end up seeing the field. These small schools use football to drive enrollment.
    I guess I've finally reached that point in my life, or that age maybe, so I'll say it for my very first time...BACK IN MY DAY...lol

    I was once apart of an NAIA squad that had some success. Each year, about 35-45% of the gameday guys were from NKY. I speak mainly offense because that's what I played, but there were a few NKY guys on the defense as well. So out of about 18 guys, 6 or 7 were from NKY. Out of a freshman class of about 50 or 60, there were more than a solid dozen of us that were NKY boys. Like you say, not everyone stays.

    My point however, is that the other NAIA schools do recruit NKY hard, as evidenced above, and that TMU now has the ability to retain players it would not have been able to in the past, thus getting quality kids amongst the fodder that will inevitably fall out. So TMU has a great advantage.

    Alternatively, if the NAIA schools, including my beloved Tigers, have shifted strategy and are failing to recruit NKY they have made a grave error if the favor of TMU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HedgeHog8 View Post
    I guess I've finally reached that point in my life, or that age maybe, so I'll say it for my very first time...BACK IN MY DAY...lol

    I was once apart of an NAIA squad that had some success. Each year, about 35-45% of the gameday guys were from NKY. I speak mainly offense because that's what I played, but there were a few NKY guys on the defense as well. So out of about 18 guys, 6 or 7 were from NKY. Out of a freshman class of about 50 or 60, there were more than a solid dozen of us that were NKY boys. Like you say, not everyone stays.

    My point however, is that the other NAIA schools do recruit NKY hard, as evidenced above, and that TMU now has the ability to retain players it would not have been able to in the past, thus getting quality kids amongst the fodder that will inevitably fall out. So TMU has a great advantage.

    Alternatively, if the NAIA schools, including my beloved Tigers, have shifted strategy and are failing to recruit NKY they have made a grave error if the favor of TMU.
    I don't disagree. Georgetown in particular, always has a strong NKY presence, I'm guessing, because it's about an hour away. But without having actual numbers, I'd guess TM has probably always been the number one choice for NKY players. And I stand by the statment that the ability to offer schollies, will impact out of state recruiting more than instate recruiting. Going NAIA will help TMU expand their footprint beyond NKY.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjs4470 View Post
    I don't disagree. Georgetown in particular, always has a strong NKY presence, I'm guessing, because it's about an hour away. But without having actual numbers, I'd guess TM has probably always been the number one choice for NKY players. And I stand by the statment that the ability to offer schollies, will impact out of state recruiting more than instate recruiting. Going NAIA will help TMU expand their footprint beyond NKY.
    That is a good question, is TMU better suited to attract more/better kids from across the river in Cinci? But that may be a topic for a different thread.

    Regardless of school or level, it is an accomplishment to even be on the list that has been compiled. First, that these athletes have decided to further their education and, second, that they have also dedicated themselves to intercollegiate athletics, because it can be a job at times. Congrats and good luck to each of these young men and to those that will be added.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swamprat View Post
    I agree with this assessment. Remember, the NAIA limits a school to only 24 scholarships a year.
    If Im wrong, correct me. Theyre allowed 24 but there are GPA stipulations that exempt portions or all of the scholarship money for an athlete to not count against the 24 allowed. Also athletes who do not compete on the varsity roster also do not count against the scholarship limits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colonels_Wear_Blue View Post
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    Is it me or did 100 kids sign with Thomas More? Did they get more roster spots since making the jump to NAIA? It's great to see all of these kids playing but seems like half of NKY signed with them. Should make for some fun Saturdays to catch a college game.

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