ST. LOUIS Change will come. John Kadlec knows Missouri's recruiting focus will evolve with the Tigers' transition to the Southeastern Conference, and a strategy that included a concentration on talent in Texas will expand east to places like Georgia and Florida.
But Kadlec also knows that a new conference home presents opportunity. The former Missouri assistant coach who served under Don Faurot, Frank Broyles, Dan Devine and Al Onofrio sees some aspects of recruiting as timeless: Parents want to see their kids play, and Missouri joining the SEC means the Tigers will become a visible option for talent in the Southeast.
Still, the man they call "Mr. Mizzou" has seen other aspects of recruiting stay consistent over the past six decades. It is difficult to sell a program, no matter the player's location or the amount of interest in him. Missouri's geographic focus might change with a move to the SEC, but challenges involved with the process will remain.
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