Arizona softball: Candrea, Cats hang hats on recruiting to boost program back to heights

2013-05-22T22:00:00Z Arizona softball: Candrea, Cats hang hats on recruiting to boost program back to heightsBy Patrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 22, 2013 10:00 pm  • 

It used to be that Mike Candrea could recruit the best high school juniors, sign them before their senior years and know exactly what he was getting.

Now, the process starts when players are in ninth grade.

“You’ve got a long way to see what that kid’s going to end up being,” Candrea said.

“Sometimes you make some mistakes and sometimes you don’t.

“It was a lot easier back in the old days when a kid didn’t make their decision ’til their senior year, because you knew exactly what you’re gonna get.”

Arizona’s inherent recruiting advantage, therefore, became less so. The UA missed on players.

“Recruiting has not been where it needs to be,” he said.

Read more about the Wildcats' offseason focus in Thursday's Arizona Daily Star.

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