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College Football Recruiting: They love me? They love me not?

When it comes to college football recruiting these days, the prevailing theme amongst a lot of fans seems to be “What have you done for me lately?” The diehards spend hours a day, scouring the internet or watching various recruiting shows, clamoring for the latest scoop about the latest and greatest blue chip prospects around the country. Once they get wind that the next Matt Barkley or Robert Woods are considering suiting up for their favorite team, the excitement gets kicked into overdrive; it’s an instant love affair.

The various different sources of social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, allow people even closer access to these recruits. They flood their inbox with ‘friend’ or ‘follow’ requests, hoping to get “in” with the next big phenom. They take to posting on the player’s walls, saying anything and everything in hopes of getting these kids to sign with their school. For most athletes, the amount of attention that is initially bombarded upon them can be quite flattering. Most of the athletes even enjoy the attention for a while. Who wouldn’t enjoy being told how great they are or how people can’t wait until you bring a National Championship to their University.

However, when commitment time comes, and a coveted player decides to sign elsewhere, the tide turns. Like a scorned lover, those same admirers, who months earlier were enamored with players the likes of Justin Davis, Michael Hutchings, and Eddie Vanderdoes, want nothing more to do with them; labeling them turncoats, traitors, and certainly unworthy of their school’s scholarship. Literally overnight, for the “so-called” fan it’s on to the next bigger and better star, as if the last recruit never even existed.

Fans have every right to be passionate about their teams—to live, eat, and die with them. That’s what makes sports so great. It’s an outlet, an escape from the rigors of the real world, even if it is only a few hours at a time. There is nothing wrong with being upset and disappointed if a recruit chooses to play somewhere else; it’s a natural reaction. Everybody wants the best of the best suiting up for the school they have a “rooting” interest in. Unfortunately, when things don’t go according to plan, some only see the side of the story that most benefits them, instead of looking at the entire overall picture.

The aspect that most fail to see, is when these young kids are mulling multiple scholarship offers, many factors need to be weighed in deciding what is the best fit for them Whether its location, athletic and academic needs, career potential; it all has to be taken into consideration in order to ensure a successful future.

It’s a life changing decision that goes far beyond who has the best fans, or who is going to win the most championships. Ultimately for the athlete, it comes down to being true to one’s self—above all else.

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Tags: USC Football Recruiting

  • Gabby Oneil

    This is a cliche, lame filler article. Should be embarrassing…

    • Michael Castillo

      If you’d like to write something that you feel is better, you’re more than welcome to submit an application. But keep in mind, we feel like this isn’t filler at all. If you’re calling it cliche because it’s not specific to one particular player or team, then with all due respect, your interpretation of the word cliche is incorrect.

  • Trenise

    How is it lame, or cliche? It’s extremely relevant based on the twitter culture of fans following athletes and chatting them up, and then getting angry and unfollowing them when the athlete does not give a verbal commitment to their school.

    For it to be cliche, many other sites would have to be doing the same thing and they’re not.

    So elaborate your criticism,please. Seems a little baseless.

  • Wadntme

    Actually very relevant because on the other end some of these athletes get the feeling of fame 5-7 years too early. HS juniors and seniors acting like college juniors and seniors. College juniors and seniors now acting like 3rd and 4th year veterans of the nfl. It just depends on the individual kid and the maturity and upbringing. The story is relavent because there is no denying the impact of twitter and Facebook. TAKE IT FROM ME, they are a powerfully tool when used correctly and detrimental when not. Parenting or guidance is a must when student athletes are being told that they are the best thing since sliced bread or plain garbage. “fans” is a word that needs to be left out of the conversation until they have achieved the goal of at least MAKING it to TE next level.

    • Michael Castillo

      Yep. Agree 100% percent.

  • 9erFan

    Good article, although I wish you had expounded a little more on the verbal abuse that is bestowed, by those “passionate” fans, towards the poor athlete that decides to sign elsewhere. What takes place of fb and twitter afterwards can be merciless–these people can be so full of hatred and venom; they practically don’t know when enough is enough and continue forever with the harassment. You can almost say it can be construed as borderline stalking. To me, this is just an aggressive form of bullying and should NOT be tolerated, OR CONDONED, by any top college or media outlet in this country.

    To be part of a top 10 college football program may be important on some levels (i.e., prestige, notoriety) but if the fit isn’t right, nobody should be condemned by their peers, elders OR fans! These kids are deciding their future for God’s sake….and what important life changing decisions have those “fans” made for their benefit recently? How much to wager on the next big game with their bookies???

    Sounds like hypocrisy at its best!