Is smaller better in recruiting?

The addition of two-star safety James Holloway, of Houston’s Booker T. Washington High, brought to 17 the number of prospects in Grambling coach Rod Broadway’s third signing class.

It’s tied for the smallest group of announced recruits in five previous seasons, which has averaged 26 at Grambling — including 44 in 2005 alone under former coach Melvin Spears.

“We aren’t necessarily going to use a big net,” Broadway told me. “We’re not going to bring in kids just to bring them in.”

A young team came of age as Grambling surged to its 22 nd Southwestern Athletic Conference championship last season. That meant a smaller number of scholarships was available for a program that lost fewer than 10 upperclassmen.

“We didn’t have a lot of seniors,” Broadway said, “but we had a lot of leadership from the guys we had.”

Thursday night update: Grambling added three more signatures to its 2009 signing class, bringing the total haul to 20 prospects. That’s still below the program average since 2004.

(Click HERE for Grambling’s complete signing class of 2009, first published by


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