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“It’s just like every season: You sit down afterward and look at where you are and what’s going on and always to looking to make yourself better, and that’s what we did,” Edsall said. “That’s a thing I’m continually always doing. I want what’s best for our young men, what’s best for our university and I’m always in a constant evaluation mode. Part of that was this was something we needed to do.”

Locksley’s immediate impact could be seen in the six weeks between his hire and signing day. His influence in this class might be limited because of how late in the recruiting process he was hired, but Shurburtt said Locksley still could provide instant value.

“I think it’s going to have a bigger impact on the 2013 class and beyond, but it would not to be a total shock to see them get one big surprise at the end,” Shurburtt said.