“Everybody’s trying to get ahead of the next guy,” Bobo said. “When you’re the first one to offer somebody, it does mean a little more to the young man. A lot of these offers schools are throwing out don’t mean anything. Yeah, we’re going to offer him as a 10th grader and if he doesn’t turn out … Some kids have 30 offers as a 10th grader and by senior year aren’t going to any of them.”
A former offensive coordinator at Georgia, Bobo said it used to drive him crazy to talk to 10th-grade quarterbacks, projecting how their skillset might look in his offense years down the road. He tried then as he tries now to provide players with a realistic look at what their college experience might be like, and how important it is to find the right fit. That will help guard against “misses” — guys who don’t live up to expectations — and transfers.
“My message to these kids is, don’t get caught up in where you’re ranked, who’s been offered where and how many,” Bobo said. “A lot of them just want to get offers, and they aren’t concentrating on being a senior and being the best leader they can be. It’s hurting their development a little. Then we have more problems with kids when they get here because they’re over-recruited. They want to transfer out.”
Not saying it isn’t true. Just saying it’s easier to unburden your soul when you’re not recruiting in the SEC wars now. Speaking of which, think any of that’ll get used on the recruiting trail if Bobo ever makes it back down South?