POV | College Recruiting is Getting Goofy (10/08/13) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

POV | College Recruiting is Getting Goofy (10/08/13)

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In the triangle defined by Louisville, Lexington and Bloomington, passionate devotion to your favorite football or basketball team is almost as ingrained as your devotion to your spouse, your children or your religion.

But there should be at least some limit to our sports obsession, and I'd like to start by reining in our fixation on high school recruits.

Sure, it's big news when one of the top high school seniors in the country signs a letter of intent to play quarterback for Stoops at Kentucky or point guard for Pitino at Louisville. And fans have a legitimate interest in how their team may look in the future.

But freshmen and even eighth-graders have been receiving offers from college coaches. Sophomores have held press conferences to announce they've pared their list of possible choices from seven…to five. And highly prized recruits may receive a hundred "love letters" in one day - all from the same school!

And even if your school lands the chosen one, good luck keeping him from changing his mind in three years.

We'll never stop coaches from keeping an eye on promising young players. It appears the NCAA has recently prohibited coaches from contacting a recruit until their junior year, and I think that is a good idea. It may well go far toward leveling the playing field and eliminating a lot of this silliness. I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.


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