Meat Market: A Season Inside College Football's No. 1 Recruiting Machine

Meat Market: A Season Inside College Football's No. 1 Recruiting Machine

In college football circles, the first Wednesday in February is New Year's Day, the Fourth of July, and Christmas all rolled into one. It's payoff time for a year spent screening miles of videotape and probing mountains of data, balancing the promise of a dazzling 40-yard-dash time against the perils of a putrid GPA, and text-messaging high schoolers 50 times a day. It's...

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Title:Meat Market: A Season Inside College Football's No. 1 Recruiting Machine
Author:Bruce Feldman
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  • Drew Eich

    I thought that this book was a very good book about the inside information of college football recruiting. The book's main plot is about Ed Orgeron's recruiting process, in which he would know a lot about recruiting because he is now the head football coach at Ole Miss and before was an assistant coach for Pete Carroll where he recruited a lot of big time players. But, the books not just about the Ole Miss recruiting process though, it as about all the work that every college football team's

    I thought that this book was a very good book about the inside information of college football recruiting. The book's main plot is about Ed Orgeron's recruiting process, in which he would know a lot about recruiting because he is now the head football coach at Ole Miss and before was an assistant coach for Pete Carroll where he recruited a lot of big time players. But, the books not just about the Ole Miss recruiting process though, it as about all the work that every college football team's staff member must do to recruit kids. I would really encourage anybody to read this book that wants to know more about college football recruiting or also anyone that wants to play college football because it tells you everything you need to know about it. I would also recommend this book to anybody that loves sports books because this is the type of book then once you read the first 25 pages you don't want to set it down because there is so much information being presented to you.

  • Mike

    As an avid fan of college football this was worth the read. You'll hear about the details and realities of recruiting. From transferring, committing/decommitting, and the issues that face uneducated poor families in the south, Meat Market is an eye opener for the college football fan. Even though we may know the outcome of what happens to the focal point Coach O, Feldman hits recruiting and the importance of it on the head with this inside look at Ole Miss.

    This book is for really only the avid

    As an avid fan of college football this was worth the read. You'll hear about the details and realities of recruiting. From transferring, committing/decommitting, and the issues that face uneducated poor families in the south, Meat Market is an eye opener for the college football fan. Even though we may know the outcome of what happens to the focal point Coach O, Feldman hits recruiting and the importance of it on the head with this inside look at Ole Miss.

    This book is for really only the avid fan of college football who LOVES following recruiting as well. A person would could care less about National Signing Day, will find Meat Market too detailed. But for myself, I loved hearing about top prospects such as Jimmy Clausen, Golden Tate, and Joe McKnight. Feldman really details perfectly how much tireless effort is given to each recruit and the battle that schools go through (especially schools that have little tradition).

    Overall a solid read for any college football fan interested in recruiting and what it takes to build a program.

  • Inert1

    The material in the book was very good and informative. The author was given access to the recruiting activity of the Ole Miss football program, and shares some remarkable insights into major college football recruiting, as well as the state of high school education in the Deep South and elsewhere. The coach, Ed Orgeron, had a 3-year tenure at the school and is once again an assistant coach at USC. His ideas about recruiting, especially the level of activity and preparation are relevant to just

    The material in the book was very good and informative. The author was given access to the recruiting activity of the Ole Miss football program, and shares some remarkable insights into major college football recruiting, as well as the state of high school education in the Deep South and elsewhere. The coach, Ed Orgeron, had a 3-year tenure at the school and is once again an assistant coach at USC. His ideas about recruiting, especially the level of activity and preparation are relevant to just about any field of endeavor, and I think that one can learn from his ideas.

    From a literary perspective, I think that the book underachieves quite seriously. It is generally in the form of a daily log, and it is a bit of a challenge to keep the players and coaches straight in one's mind. I think that the author would have been better served to track the recruiting process of each individual from the start to finish, or at least near completion. Feldman writes for ESPN, and the organization of the book seems as though it is written by a blogger.

  • Jose Avila

    Any good book transcends its topic. In Bruce Feldman's "Meat Market" takes place in Ole Miss, a University in Mississippi. The book is about the football team there. The author mainly talks about what the coach did to get the team through the season. The coach which is also the main character, has one of the most unique personalities. What happens is that Ed Orgeron, the coach, sits in his office before dawn trying to get the best football players to go to Ole Miss. The coach has a very peculiar

    Any good book transcends its topic. In Bruce Feldman's "Meat Market" takes place in Ole Miss, a University in Mississippi. The book is about the football team there. The author mainly talks about what the coach did to get the team through the season. The coach which is also the main character, has one of the most unique personalities. What happens is that Ed Orgeron, the coach, sits in his office before dawn trying to get the best football players to go to Ole Miss. The coach has a very peculiar motto. His motto is ; "Planes don't fly North". He has this motto because of an event that occurred. This is a very good book, specially if you are a football fan. Also because this is a book that took place and occurred in a exiting place. That's why this book is such a good novel. I think that this book could possibly be made to a movie. If you're a fanatic of college football, this is a great book to read. I do recommend this book to read since it does seem good. If you are not into sports, then this book might be right for you and you might enjoy this book. That's all I can say about this book for now. If you want to find out more about this book, then you should read it.

  • Carianne Carleo-Evangelist

    Despite not being the world's biggest Ed Orgeron fan (he's a bit too much Ryan brothers in my opinion) I really liked this inside look at his Ole Miss tenure. I had a dead tree copy some years ago that I somehow never ended up reading a few years back but this book was almost made more interesting with the hindsight of some of his "can't miss" players. While the death of TOny Fein was of course heartbreaking a few years ago, there have been some nice stories to come out of the kids he recruited

    Despite not being the world's biggest Ed Orgeron fan (he's a bit too much Ryan brothers in my opinion) I really liked this inside look at his Ole Miss tenure. I had a dead tree copy some years ago that I somehow never ended up reading a few years back but this book was almost made more interesting with the hindsight of some of his "can't miss" players. While the death of TOny Fein was of course heartbreaking a few years ago, there have been some nice stories to come out of the kids he recruited including Peria Jerry, Michael Oher & Mike Wallace. It was also nice to see the look backs on his former staff and how so many reunited under Hugh Freeze when the latter returned to Ole Miss.

    A nice inside view of the recruiting "game" and how much the mentality of 17 year old kids plays into it. Overall a very good read

  • Jalen Townsend

    The Meat Market: A Season Inside College Football’s No.1 Recruiting Machine by Bruce Feldman was a very good book for me. This was a good book for me because me being an athlete I was able to learn and find out things that could help me as a high school athlete in the book that I didn't know before I read it. I was able to not exactly relate to this book, but more use it as a learning experience for my future recruiting process. I liked the book because it gave me real examples of the recruiting

    The Meat Market: A Season Inside College Football’s No.1 Recruiting Machine by Bruce Feldman was a very good book for me. This was a good book for me because me being an athlete I was able to learn and find out things that could help me as a high school athlete in the book that I didn't know before I read it. I was able to not exactly relate to this book, but more use it as a learning experience for my future recruiting process. I liked the book because it gave me real examples of the recruiting process situations that I could learn from which I thought was great for me being that I'm an athlete.

    A question I had after reading this book was, What is the chances of getting a scholarship from a Division 1 school for football? I had this question because the author shows us the process of football recruiting but not the actual chances of making it.

    The Meat Market: A Season Inside College Football’s No.1 Recruiting Machine by Bruce Feldman is about a reporter named Bruce Feldman who goes deep into the aggressive college football recruiting process. He takes you deep inside the SEC war room of recruiting with legend Ed Orgeron, who helped build national championship teams at the University of Miami and at USC. In the year leading up to National Signing Day 2007, the award-winning journalist shadows Orgeron and his Ole Miss assistants as they set about hunting high school students inventing ways to lure them to their Oxford campus. Within this also we will here some outrageous off the field situations and crazy confessions this book will provide you with lots of knowledge about the college football recruiting process.

    I recommend this book to athletes of any sport in high school because you'll be able to relate to this book and it will provide you with lots of knowledge about the college recruiting process. I rate this book a 4.5 out of 5.

  • Michael Friess

    This was a quick, fun, and easy read I’ve wanted to tackle for a few years. It certainly confirmed a lot of my ideas about recruiting.

  • Caleb Stinnett

    As a passionate College football fan, I thought this was an interesting look behind the curtain of a big-time NCAA program's recruiting process through a calendar year. Recruiting is truly a 365-day-job to these coaches and it is interesting to read about the balance of this process while the regular season is going on as well. I recommend this to anyone interested in college athletics!

  • Kyle Pennekamp

    A very quick read. If you love college football, this is a great 2 or 3-day pick-up. It follows the recruiting of the 2007 Ole Miss class by Ed Orgeron and his coaching staff. The main sell of the book is Orgeron's huge, brash, hysterically funny personality. Most of the first half of the book concentrate's on that, and really outshines the latter half of the book, which is mostly a recitation of recruits and their decisions. It drives home just how hard it is to turn a program around,

    A very quick read. If you love college football, this is a great 2 or 3-day pick-up. It follows the recruiting of the 2007 Ole Miss class by Ed Orgeron and his coaching staff. The main sell of the book is Orgeron's huge, brash, hysterically funny personality. Most of the first half of the book concentrate's on that, and really outshines the latter half of the book, which is mostly a recitation of recruits and their decisions. It drives home just how hard it is to turn a program around, especially when that program is competing with nearby national powerhouses. It's also fun to read about guys you now know as stars in NFL who were only lightly recruited over the course of the book, and to see busts of big-time, cocky recruits.

    Also great was the fact that my softball first baseman's little bother, Stephen Garcia, is one of the main characters in the book.

  • Sean

    I thought it a good idea to combine two of my biggest hobbies, college football and reading. The results, were disappointing. First off, this isn't a review of Ed Orgeron the coach or recruiter, just this book about those things. Author, Bruce Feldman, who've I've read articles from in the past, pens the "inside" look at recruiting in the SEC. Sadly, its inside only one program and the "inside looks" aren't much more than what can be gleaned from a recruiting website. There were a few "heard it

    I thought it a good idea to combine two of my biggest hobbies, college football and reading. The results, were disappointing. First off, this isn't a review of Ed Orgeron the coach or recruiter, just this book about those things. Author, Bruce Feldman, who've I've read articles from in the past, pens the "inside" look at recruiting in the SEC. Sadly, its inside only one program and the "inside looks" aren't much more than what can be gleaned from a recruiting website. There were a few "heard it here first" anecdotes but overall it was lacking any kind of newness. It was also terribly repetitive. There were a lot of individuals in the book but Feldman spent a ton of time reintroducing them that it became tedious to read. Also, it might have been better served to go more in-depth with the focus on Orgeron's tenure as opposed to one based solely on recruiting given than the lack of true insight. Overall, the book was boring and didn't feel like anything more an elongated magazine article.

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