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    Troy Davis Recruitment

    Does anyone know the story of his recruitment? Like the full story? Was he highly rated ect how did he end up here. I know about the snow on the plane but thats about it.



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    Re: Troy Davis Recruitment

    Florida State wanted him badly. So did the other florida schools. However, there were a crap load of great running backs in florida and none of them thought they could get Troy eligible. So they all took other running backs. We got him because we could get him in school. He was highly sought after. He just had bad grades and made his tests at the very end.


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    Re: Troy Davis Recruitment

    I heard we were the only school to hang with him after 2 SAT's that wouldn't qualify him. Got it on the 3rd.

    Whether that's actual details, I don't know, but I think it's pretty much widely accepted that we took a chance on him for eligibility that other schools wouldn't.





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    Re: Troy Davis Recruitment

    dude couldn't read or write basically, isn't that right?


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    Re: Troy Davis Recruitment

    Listening to a Troy Davis interview was painful. He spoke, read, and wrote best on the football field. Just look at his records!



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    Re: Troy Davis Recruitment

    Walden was speaking in CR on signing day and said,"I think we lost a great one to Florida State this morning." As it turned out, Troy changed his mind again and chose ISU but FSU came on very strong at the end.



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    Re: Troy Davis Recruitment

    What ever became of Troy?



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    Re: Troy Davis Recruitment

    We had Troy and Darren at our house for steaks one night. Itwa completely odd because Troy spoke perfect english. No problems at all. Then two days later he was doing an interview and you could not understand a word he said.


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    Re: Troy Davis Recruitment

    Quote Originally Posted by bringmagicback View Post
    Does anyone know the story of his recruitment? Like the full story? Was he highly rated ect how did he end up here. I know about the snow on the plane but thats about it.
    Loose story but pretty close to reality

    As Coach Walden started to run out of time, his staff had changes (some leaving and others being fired). He turned to an old friend in Arnie Romero to coach his OL. Romero had been out of coaching and was in fact, working as a Car Salesman in Miami when asked to come to ISU. If that were done today-Try discussing that hire on CF! Romero was aware of TD and stayed in touch during the process. Ultimately, Arnie convinced TD that if eligible, being the big fish at ISU was the way to go. TD became eligible and got to Ames. Dude worked his but off in class, weight room and on the field.

    Of course, the season was a disaster, Jim was fired, Arnie left Ames and TD began playing for Coach Mac and especially, RB Coach Kirby Wilson.

    If Arnie Romero had not left the auto business to coach football at ISU, TD would not be an ISU icon today.



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    Re: Troy Davis Recruitment

    Quote Originally Posted by Knownothing View Post
    We had Troy and Darren at our house for steaks one night. Itwa completely odd because Troy spoke perfect english. No problems at all. Then two days later he was doing an interview and you could not understand a word he said.
    Got to think that adrenaline and nerves play a role around microphones.


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    Re: Troy Davis Recruitment

    Quote Originally Posted by Mowilly View Post
    Loose story but pretty close to reality

    As Coach Walden started to run out of time, his staff had changes (some leaving and others being fired). He turned to an old friend in Arnie Romero to coach his OL. Romero had been out of coaching and was in fact, working as a Car Salesman in Miami when asked to come to ISU. If that were done today-Try discussing that hire on CF! Romero was aware of TD and stayed in touch during the process. Ultimately, Arnie convinced TD that if eligible, being the big fish at ISU was the way to go. TD became eligible and got to Ames. Dude worked his but off in class, weight room and on the field.

    Of course, the season was a disaster, Jim was fired, Arnie left Ames and TD began playing for Coach Mac and especially, RB Coach Kirby Wilson.

    If Arnie Romero had not left the auto business to coach football at ISU, TD would not be an ISU icon today.
    It is odd that Walden went to such trouble to get him here and then basically didn`t use him his freshman year. Didn`t he burn Troy`s redshirt by only using him on a couple of kick returns?



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    Re: Troy Davis Recruitment

    Quote Originally Posted by Mowilly View Post
    Loose story but pretty close to reality

    As Coach Walden started to run out of time, his staff had changes (some leaving and others being fired). He turned to an old friend in Arnie Romero to coach his OL. Romero had been out of coaching and was in fact, working as a Car Salesman in Miami when asked to come to ISU. If that were done today-Try discussing that hire on CF! Romero was aware of TD and stayed in touch during the process. Ultimately, Arnie convinced TD that if eligible, being the big fish at ISU was the way to go. TD became eligible and got to Ames. Dude worked his but off in class, weight room and on the field.

    Of course, the season was a disaster, Jim was fired, Arnie left Ames and TD began playing for Coach Mac and especially, RB Coach Kirby Wilson.

    If Arnie Romero had not left the auto business to coach football at ISU, TD would not be an ISU icon today.
    The key to Troy's recruitment was that Arnie was able to convince Troy's mom that Iowa State would take the best care of her boy.

    Arnie's quote after the signing was "You've gotta sell the moms, man, you've gotta sell the moms".

    It was true then, and probably still true in most recruiting situations.



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    Re: Troy Davis Recruitment

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    Got to think that adrenaline and nerves play a role around microphones.
    (I know Troy) Troy spoke fine for the most part. He had a speech impediment (stuttering) that would come out when nervous. You can imagine what it is like to be 19 and have a ton of cameras shoved in your face...



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    Quote Originally Posted by TailgatePro View Post
    (I know Troy) Troy spoke fine for the most part. He had a speech impediment (stuttering) that would come out when nervous. You can imagine what it is like to be 19 and have a ton of cameras shoved in your face...
    Lester Hayes of the Oakland Raiders was the same way. Put a mike in front of him and you would think he was a blithering idiot. He was actually a pretty smart guy.



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    Re: Troy Davis Recruitment

    Quote Originally Posted by c.y.c.l.o.n.e.s View Post
    It is odd that Walden went to such trouble to get him here and then basically didn`t use him his freshman year. Didn`t he burn Troy`s redshirt by only using him on a couple of kick returns?
    Wasn't TD discouraged after that first season due to lack of playinig time and ready to leave. If IRC I think Mac had to convince himto stay. I agree even with the little bit we saw of him on the field I couldn't figure out why Waldem didn't play him more. Another one of the great mysteries of Walden.



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