Things I’ve learned over the years, down the stretch to Signing Day…

Notre Dame recruit, running back Greg Bryant. Photo Palm Beach Post:  http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/highschoolbuzz/2012/12/09/american-heritage-rb-greg-bryant-commits-to-notre-dame/

Notre Dame recruit, running back Greg Bryant. Photo Palm Beach Post: http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/highschoolbuzz/2012/12/09/american-heritage-rb-greg-bryant-commits-to-notre-dame/

Things I’ve learned over the years, down the stretch to Signing Day…

For many of us, recruiting is an obsession (to put it lightly). And the day before National Signing Day often feels like Christmas Eve. Full of excitement, hope and promise; but also a fair amount of trepidation that disappointment is just around the corner.

Those of us who following recruiting tend to be a little more fanatic than your average football fan. We follow every move these kids make and put a great deal of value in the on paper talents that they bring,  that we believe are going to save our team.

Below are a few of my musings about what I’ve learned over the years from watching the recruiting process. I hope it brings you some laughter, and relieves a little tension on this Letter of Intent Day Eve!

College Football Recruiting Musings, with contributions from my pal Brandon Huffman of Scout.com

That kid who decommitted from a fan’s school has no character, lacks integrity and can’t keep his word…

The kid who just committed to a fan’s school but decommitted from another, made a good, thoughtful and well-meaning decision…

The 5-11 quarterback that a fan’s school just got is the next Drew Brees or Doug Flutie…

The 5-11 quarterback that a fan’s rival school got sucks because he’s too short…

The kid who’s committed to a fan’s school but takes visits elsewhere is a headcase who can’t make up his mind and is not loyal…

The kid who’s committed to a fan’s school, takes other official visits, but sticks with his original commit made a good, thoughtful decision…

Fans hate when kids hold press conferences…But fans love when kids hold press conferences and they announce for their school…

Fans find the hat game tired…unless their hat is the one the kid pulls on…

A fan’s school’s commits are always underrated…their rivals are always overrated…

A fan’s commits are never ranked too high. They are always ranked too low. Same with a parent’s kid…

17-year old kids should know what they want when they commit to a school. They aren’t allowed to change their minds…

When a kid picks a fan school because of the parents, the parents showed great guidance, council and wisdom…

When a kid picks another school because of parents, the parents need to stop interfering and let their kid make the decision…

When a kid picks the hometown school, he’s a hometown hero…when he picks another school, he’s a pariah…

When a kid picks another school, the fan’s school ALWAYS “pulled the offer”…

And of course, the most common line- when a kid spurns a fan’s school, we didn’t want him anyways

When a kid commits as a Junior in the hopes of scaring off a Senior commit then later decommits he is public enemy #1…

Kids that commit as a freshman or sophomore, are mature beyond their years…when said kid decommits, he’s immature…

When a school doesn’t give all it’s scholies because guys are turning them down, the school wanted to hold them for next year anyway…

A fan can tell a lot about a kid from his picture…despite never talking to him…

True fact- more adults have their hearts broken by the choice of a 17 year old, than they did when they were a 17-year old themselves.

And there you have it!

It’s almost here … Signing day is this Wednesday, February 6th! And then on February 7th it starts … All. Over. Again.

Cheers!

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  • Mark G.

    “Letter of Intent Day Eve.” I like it. Good an excuse as any to have a beer on the train on the way home tonight.

    • Lisa

      I approve of this message!

  • KyNDfan

    Don’t forget to remind people to; STOP TWEETING RECRUITS!! You’re not helping, and you’re being creepy.

    • GB

      Do you mean I can’t call Anzalone?

  • Lisa

    Amen