Too many people criticize the recruiting process without understanding what it is all about. They badly need an education, a cold splash of reality. Recruiting may not be what we want it to be but it is what it is and it isn't going to change. So people, especially parents, must learn to deal with it.
Since I began covering high school sports in the 1950s, I've become acquainted with the process and some of the best football and basketball recruiters who ever persuaded a highly impressionable teenager to leave his family, friends and hometown for a name on a map that the youngster didn't know existed. In some cases, there wasn't even a name.
Sam Miranda was the best of all. He was an all-state basketball player at Collinsville under Vergil Fletcher, played at Indiana, then coached at Kankakee before joining Ted Owens' staff at Kansas.