The Late Glenn Edward “Bo” Schembechler Jr. said in the 1989 book Bo by Mitch Albom, that recruiting made him feel like a pimp. This came straight out of the mouth of imo the greatest college football coach of all time. How should I, the average passionate fan feel about recruiting?
In all honesty I hate it. I hate the hoards of fans that anxiously wait for the Rivals 250 to be released(Rivals 100 was released today). I hate the people that e-stalk 17 year old athletes. This post isn’t a knock on you people, in today’s society the masses demand instant knowledge and instant gratification. Look at any college football message board today, and the majority of the talk will be about High School athletes.
I understand why recruiting is relevant, I really do. These kids are the future of our program. I get that, what I don’t get is the need to stalk these kids by guys in their 20’s and 30’s or even into their 40’s. I understand that at Michigan we demand the best, that we expect every 5 star athlete we sign to come in and start from day one. But doesn’t it make more sense to let the kids play who have had some time in the system? Very few people want Jordan Kovacs to start in 2010, but this was a guy who was a very good football player unless he had deep coverage. You want Marvin Robinson to come in and start because he’s more athletic? Does he have some of the intangibles that Kovacs has? Does he have experience in this system?
I don’t want to go off on a rant, the whole deal with recruiting perplexes the shit out of me. These 17 year old kids could give a fuck what you, or I have to say, our words are not going to influence their decisions. In my real life, when a 17 year old walks past me in the street I pay ZERO attention to them. Why should these kids be any different. Ignore the fuck out of em.