« on: August 25, 2015, 09:05 AM »
Love this topic and glad to see someone try to counteract what I find to be the biggest shortcoming of the recruiting industry. I can't stand either some of the judgments made and words written about minors who fans have never met or know personally, all because of what information was leaked publicly about their recruitment (which is never the whole story anyway). I don't mean to condemn the industry or the plenty of talented writers that cover recruiting for Scout/Rivals/247 (I'm as big of a consumer of this stuff as anybody), but these guys drive narratives to increase engagement and readership and I'm sick of watching people fall for it every time. I wish some could keep a perspective when reading an interview with a 15- or 16-year-old prospect. These are kids that have no public speaking experience being borderline harassed about everything in regards to their college decision. As Del pointed out, for some of these players, they are the first of their entire family to even have the opportunity of going to college! As if those families have a clue what they're doing through this stressful process (or that we would, too, considering I don't know too many people that had 10+ scholarship offers to the finest institutions in the country out of high school). It's not conventional for them like it was for most of the middle class Americans that seem to be so offended when they don't understand these guy's decisions. It's quite aggravating, if anyone hasn't seen me lose my mind in the BSD comments from time to time.
Then again, I have no idea where folks get the audacity to criticize anything they don't fundamentally understand or have never experienced. But that's life, I guess.