I'm heading for Florida to interview the top junior prospects in the most fertile state for football recruiting in the country. In my next blogs, I'll inform you about the best players in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.
In the meantime, here are some insights provided in a recent letter I received from the father of a Big 10 recruit. It's always interesting to hear from a parent who is educated as his son goes through the recruiting process and isn't awed by it.
Here are some of his thoughts:
"Rivals and Scout, in my opinion, are lazy. (One recruiting service) didn't see my son play until his senior year. No one from Rivals or Scout ever talked to his high school coach. They assign stars based on who offers and when. That's it. Once a kid commits, he is off the board and never is discussed again."
"I think it's disgusting that kids do the hat thing. It's disrespectful. Don't these families realize that a coach could lose his job if the kid picks the wrong hat? Another parent told me that many kids stay in the process as long as possible to get free trips and lots of attention. Having seen it, I now believe."
"Thanks for your recent focus on Big 10 academics versus other conferences. I met an Alabama alum last week. We talked about this subject, about the important of academics and getting a meaningful degree. His view? 'I don't care if a kid gets a 12 (on his ACT). If he can play, let him in. We want to win,' he told me. And he was serious."