Cincinnati's model: How does it work?

"Don't recruit. Get."

It's the motto used by Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin and his coaching staff and almost an unofficial slogan for the way in which they approach recruiting.

"It essentially means that we don't want to talk about things that don't matter in the recruiting process and don't need to be one of those programs that recruits a ton of guys," assistant coach Darren Savino explained. "It's just a matter of finding out who fits and what we need to do to have the best chance to get them."

In other words, it's recruiting efficiency personified. Cincinnati isn't going to waste any time. They're not interested in making anyone's final list or being in the mix for a certain number of celebrated prospects, only in targeting prospects who fit their program and who they can realistically get.