As the College Football World Turns Vol. IX: How to thrive in College Football Recruiting

November 19, 2011
by Justin

Welcome back to ATCFWT, the ultimate destination for all the college football drama of the week, provided exclusively to you by scoutme. In volume one, we weighed in on college football’s conference realignment, while in two and three updated you about new developments in college football. Volume four was highlighted with the possibility of Boise State playing for the Big East, and the fifth piece provided more insight about the current developments. Volume six was about more conference realignment information along with some NCAA rule updates. Volume seven was all about national powerhouses LSU and Alabama getting together, and volume eight broke down the Jerry Sandusky scandal. With all this drama going around, some programs are forgetting about the athletes they’re recruiting. Here are all the lessons we all learned this college football season.

Step 1 for Thriving in College Football Recruiting: Win

If love covers a multitude of sins, winning is the ultimate pacifier for college football recruiting. This year has brought many ups and downs for the LSU Tigers. There has been everything from bar fights with their starting quarterback, to drug test suspensions for their star corner and runningback. Through all this tribulation, they still have a top ten, ESPN college football recruiting class for 2012. The simple answer to the college football recruiting equation is winning. The best recruiting pitch any team can give a college football prospect is a promise of a yearly winning tradition. Winning college football teams go to more bowls, get more ESPN television exposure and have more players drafted each year. In all, going to a top, college football program is really a business decision, for those athletes who have professional aspirations.

Step 2 for Thriving in College Football Recruiting: Avoid Scandals

Scandals will put a black eye over any college football program. Penn State, who recently started dealing with the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, is still recovering while everyone watches on ESPN. Even if the allegations aren’t true, their presence is enough to quell any interest during college football recruiting. In this age of instant news, mediums like ESPN will carry a negative story about your program and dig deep into every facet, exposing you in depth on shows like ESPN’s Outside the Lines. ESPN definitely exposed the Miami program this year. They broke the story in the Morning on ESPN First Take about the ponzi scheme from a shady booster, who funded several illegal operations. Once ESPN Outside the Lines exposed more details, the college football recruiting suffered instantly. Several top, college football prospects backed out of their verbal commitments and their star quarterback was suspended. Situations like this cause careers to end, and the NCAA to put schools on probation.

 

Step 3 for Thriving in College Football Recruiting: Keep Big Brother happy

During college football recruiting, most coaches always preach about how their college football team is a family. In some cases, family is the reason some athletes consider a school in the first place. Take ESPN college football’s, top offensive lineman Arik Armstead for example; his brother, who is defensive lineman at USC, was the main reason he verbally committed to the Trojans before the 2011 college football season. Because of issues between Arik’s older brother and the coaching staff, Arik decided to break away from his verbal commit and consider some other schools before he signs his letter of intent. This whole situation was publicized by ESPN Recruiting nation, a weekly TV show on ESPN University.

The opposite extreme is another top player in the ESPN college football recruiting rankings, John Theus, whose brother committed to the Georgia Bulldogs in 2011. Because of the favorable recruiting experience and the current treatment of his older brother, Theus committed and is holding true to his promise.

Well, It’s about that time that get off my soapbox, but I’ll be back next week. Until the drama of college football dies, this is Yorick Hempstead, signing off.

 

 

Yorick Hempstead is an ex-college athlete who is a sports blogger for scoutme. He is always talking sports on twitter @HempsteadHuddle.

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