I know it’s the off season and we are still about ninety-five (95) days away from the start of college football season, but recruiting and all of the melodrama that goes along with it has now reached epic levels well past the February national signing day.
The must-have prima donna recruits often referred to as “five stars” constantly insist on red carpet treatment, much like a modern day rock star. These recruits have exceeded those lofty measures with their recent antics that has caused quite a stir among coaches who choose to reach out and embrace these must-have players. How do you like them now?
Even after all of the adoration, media attention, and coddling that has been expended by college coaching staffs along with their recruiting budgets, these entitled players are still not satisfied. Apparently a few of these program changers according to the so called experts have now decided to become the gift that keeps on giving. Instead of getting ready to lead their respective teams to a certain BCS Championship game appearance this season, it turns out they are so unhappy about where they decided to go to school that they want out of their letter of intent.
Apparently they were rushed into making a decision about where to attend college claiming they only had a meager four (4) plus years to look around and decide their future. So the question is; were they rushed or are they just going through buyer’s remorse? While the recruiting media covers their pity party 24/7 I have a different interpretation; they are throwing a tantrum because the spotlight was officially turned off after national signing day ended and they are now just another name on an eighty-five (85) player roster. Boo hoo.
What I really find perplexing about all of this nonsense is that the 132nd best guard in the country back in 2009 that was rated a meager two stars by all of these same recruiting experts just leapfrogged over that entire 2009 twelve (12) stars recruiting class (I just added up all the five, four, and three stars recruits to create that formula) and became the # 1 selection in the 2013 NFL draft! Kudos and congratulations on a job well done and then some!
When Eric Fisher decided to attend Central Michigan and play football he didn’t show up on ESPN’s signing day extravaganza playing musical hats as part of the razzmatazz intrigue to let everyone know where he was going to school for the next four years. He just quietly faxed in his letter of intent to the Chippewas then went about working very hard to show those folks that really mattered he was an exceptionally good football player. Correction; an Outstanding Player!
My hunch is that the recruitment of Mr. Fisher back in 2009 was nowhere on the level of attention or the costs expended by Florida State University and Coach Jimbo Fisher (no relation) in wooing the # 2 rated outside linebacker in the country for 2013; Matthew Thomas into becoming a Seminole. Or at least for five minutes back on February 6, 2013. Now this five star future hall of fame candidate wants to go play at USC for Lane Kiffin or become an UGA dawg. I will not express my opinion on either of those two options.
This same scenario is occurring for Coach Brian Kelly and Notre Dame with their five star prized diva recruit; Eddie Vanderdoes. Coincidentally he too was another # 2 rated player in the 2013 class at DT. Maybe there was something in the fluoride levels introduced into the drinking water of these five stars for the 2013 class. The EPA should immediately look into this matter.
However, before any taxpayer dollars are expended in this situation it appears one of the recruiting services already had the answer to this sudden change of heart. Listed under the category of “player evaluations” it said that Mr. Vanderdoes needs to improve on; “change of direction.” Go figure! Talk about having the vision of Nostradamus. Obviously he has that skill set down pat based on his recent backslide indicating that now he too wants to go play football elsewhere.
While the speculation for this “Change of Direction” decision has been hotly debated, the one rumor that I find the most interesting (okay; entertaining) is that Notre Dame had the temerity to announce that Mr. Vanderdoes was going to sign with the Fighting Irish before poor Eddie had an opportunity to publish that news himself.
I don’t know if this premature release ruined his long time plans to sit down and play musical hats or perhaps some other innovative selection game, but apparently Eddie was extremely upset and has been simmering longer than a good Irish stew ever since his college announcement was hijacked by those Fighting Irish. Now he is back on the market and looking to balance out the scales in Los Angeles with the aforementioned Matthew Thomas by considering UCLA and making Coach Mora the happiest coach on the planet not at Disneyland.
While the entire recruiting world is watching this drama play out and waiting to see if these schools will cave in and placate these “kids” by letting them become free agents without any loss of eligibility, my thoughts are focused at the other end of the spectrum. I’m wondering which school signed the next Eric Fisher? I’m hoping it was Coach Paul Johnson at Georgia Tech. Well one thing is certain; Diva recruits, I meant to say five star recruits, create more drama every year. Go Jackets!