“If I could change one thing, I’d like to slow down the recruiting process.”

Confession time for Mike Bobo.

“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?

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9 responses to ““If I could change one thing, I’d like to slow down the recruiting process.”

  1. TnTom

    Being honest aint a virtue on the recruiting trail!

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  2. Debby Balcer

    This is one area where having an agent type of person would help a kid. They could look at those issues.

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    • Macallanlover

      And short of that you just wish every young athlete had an advisor in the form of a parent or coach who could explain the wisdom of what Bobo said. I am sure there are some recruits who hear this from good, honest men like Bobo, and get it, but they are the exception. Recruiting guidelines need to be addressed by the NCAA, it is the sleaziest part of the process to me.

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    • Rev. Kenneth Fairley

      That is exactly how I feel on the matter.

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    • Willie Lyles

      Nothing wrong with a little good-hearted mentoring.

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  3. Bulldog Joe

    Those are wise words from a very good recruiter and coach.

    It is very easy for a 15 or 16-year-old to get caught up in the recruiting hype and lose focus before he has actually accomplished something meaningful.

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  4. JCDAWG83

    Unfortunately, the real world doesn’t allow for much honesty from coaches. When coach A comes in and says “take your time, make sure the school is a good fit” and coach B says “you’re the guy who can take us to the national championship”, the kid hears coach B.

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  5. 69Dawg

    I have said before that the NCAA needs to stop all schools from recruiting/offering prior to the last semester of the Junior year in high school. They can evaluate the, they just can’t offer them either verbally or in writing anything. If they do and they get caught the kid won’t be eligible to play at that school. If the NCAA finds out after the kid is admitted that a early offer took place the kid become ineligible at the school but can transfer unrestricted without sitting out a year. That should stop all the 10th, 9th, 8th grade BS.

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    • JCDAWG83

      I’d give the rule more teeth than that. I’d take a scholarship away from the 85 allowed for every violation and make the player ineligible to play at that school, effectively costing the team 2 scholarships for the season.

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