Sam Houston lost only 12 seniors from its 2011 NCAA Playoffs Finalist and Southland Conference Championship team. But the Bearkats certainly still have needs they must address with this year's recruiting class.
Fritz believes he and his staff have seen an immediate impact in recruiting from the national exposure for the Bearkats who played in four nationally televised games, including three at home before capacity crowds at Bowers Stadium.
"I think it helped us tremendously. It was really interesting. Each week in the playoffs, I got calls from all over the United States," the coach said. "After that Montana game, I came in here and I bet I had over 200 e-mails from kids all over the country.
"Obviously, we don't recruit the whole nation, but it showed me the impact of playing on national TV. I believe two of those games, we were the only game on TV. You had to watch the Bearkats. It's had a tremendous effect on recruiting and, more importantly, the profile on our program. You can't put a price tag on the publicity our program and university got by going to the national championship game, you just can't do it."
The National Signing Day news conference will be available for view on www.gobearkats.com shortly after the conclusion of the event. The signing day celebration immediately following the news conference is open to the public.
"Signing day is always exciting," Fritz said. "There are always surpises, but hopefully they'll all be good surprises on Wednesday."