Clearly, Michael Carvell is on to something here, as he shines a spotlight on what he calls “a big mess that’s only going to get bigger” – the scourge of 17-year old kids exercising the last bit of leverage most of them will ever have in their careers by changing their minds during the recruiting process about where they want to spend the next few years of their lives.
Yes, this is a troubling trend. We must do something.
I’ve got it! How ’bout we devote no further media attention to a recruit who revokes his verbal commitment and changes colleges before he signs a binding letter of intent? That’ll teach those attention-seeking kids.
Not only that, but it’ll give Carvell a chance to devote some bandwidth to the less troubling matters of coaches changing schools and schools changing conferences for perceived better opportunities. Sure, those aren’t the big messes (unless you’re a kid who established a good relationship with a coach who’s left or a fan who’s being deprived of a historical rivalry) that Carvell’s concern-trolling about, but if he can get coaches to open up about the cold choices they make about their careers the way he’s gotten them to speak about the kids making similar choices, maybe we’ll learn something.