Twenty-five years ago, The News Tribune published its first its annual look at the top football recruits in the region — the Northwest Nuggets. At the time, this was the only recruiting resource available in the region. It was a smashing success and other publications in the area followed suit. Twenty-five years later, the niche market of recruiting coverage has exploded, spawning websites backed by billion-dollar companies.
On Sunday, the TNT will publish its Silver Anniversary Edition of the Northwest Nuggets, examining the past and looking to the future of recruiting coverage, and, of course, lay out the top recruits in the Northwest.
FEATURE STORY: Todd Milles explores how recruiting coverage has changed over the past 25 years, starting from when the Northwest Nuggets began, moving on to the advent of recruiting websites and then into the social media age. It’s an interesting read.
NW NUGGETS CLASS OF 2012: Find out what 11 players made the cut for the year’s class of Northwest Nuggets.
ALL-TIME BEST NUGGETS: In 25 years, 302 players have earned the distinction of being called Northwest Nuggets. Here are the 10 best. Don’t agree? You can create your own list from the 302 Nuggets.
NEXT CLASS OF NUGGETS: A feature on Skyline High junior Max Browne, a five-star quarterback who headlines the 2013 class. Also included is a list of possible 2013 Northwest Nuggets.
NOTEBOOK: Working out doesn’t have to be boring. Wisconsin-bound offensive lineman Walker Williams hits Zumba class to get in some cardio; plus a breakdown of the 2012 Nuggets.
On Jan. 29, The News Tribune will publish its Western 100, which highlights the top 100 recruits west of the Rockies.