Category Archives: Recruiting

“I know it’s not common for this to happen to eighth graders, so it’s really exciting for me.”

I was prepared to get all snarky in response to this story about a kid who hasn’t played high school ball yet, but already has eleven major college offers… until I saw one was from Georgia (he’s from Gwinnett County).

Sounds like he’s a good kid from a good family, so I hope they’re able to keep things under control.  They’ve sure got a ways to go with the process.

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COA stipends: keeping up with the (Butch) Joneses

Mike Cunningham posts the first list of revised COA figures for SEC schools I’ve seen.  It looks like this:

Here’s the full list for SEC schools, from highest stipend to lowest (figures from school Web sites unless otherwise noted):

Tennessee: $5,666

Auburn: $5,586

Mississippi State: $5,372

Alabama:  $4,886+

Mississippi: $4,600

South Carolina: $4,151+

Arkansas: $4,104

LSU: $3,920

Georgia: $3,746 non-state resident, $3,222 resident

Missouri: $3,742

Texas A & M: $3,528 non-state resident, $3,000 resident

Kentucky: $ $3,524 non-state resident, $3,256 resident

Florida: $3,330 res/non-res

Vanderbilt:  $2,780*

+ Data from National Center for Educational Statistics
*Does not include transportation costs

Note how dramatically the spread from top to bottom in the conference has shrunk in just a few short months.  As Cunningham puts it,

What’s great about this is the conflict between a school’s educational mission (remember that?) and its athletic interests. Schools want to keep the COA figure low to avoid sticker shock for students who must pay and also for budgetary reasons. Football and basketball coaches want it higher so they can offer bigger stipends to recruits.

I know who I’ve got my money on to eventually win that battle.

Let’s just say I doubt we’ve seen the last of these adjustments.

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“The wildest recruit, me or anyone else, was Willie.”

If you don’t read another thing today, make sure you check out Channing Crowder’s story of hosting Willie Williams as a recruit at Florida.  It’s beyond priceless.  Let’s just say that if Willie had enrolled at UF, they would have needed to put Huntley Johnson on permanent retainer just for him.

And the topper is a story Crowder tells about his own recruitment.

As if that story wasn’t juicy enough, Crowder spoke of his visit to Penn State as a recruit, which was “the worst.”

“They sit me in a room with two bottles of Mad Dog 20/20 Banana Red,” Crowder said. “They say ‘drink these, we’re gonna go out.’ Okay, I get all feeling good. We walk out of the door, go down two doors and go back into an apartment and it’s four big white girls sitting there and me. Big ole white girls. Talkin’ about 250.”

Sounds very Big Tennish to me.

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“At this point in the summer, it’s clear the SEC East is not recruiting near as well as the SEC West except for Georgia. “

With the caveat that it’s a long way until February, read this post about SEC East recruiting prospects and ask yourself how the East is going to draw even with the West from a competitive standpoint.

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Banned from Athens

I’d say this puts a serious crimp on recruiting (not that I expect Georgia to be recruiting Salomon anyway).

Kinda your ultimate Mark Richt has lost control story.

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Today, in grasping at straws

Meet Jim Mora, evil recruiting genius.

By the way, Athlon, why wouldn’t that work just as well in reverse for Mark RiIcht?

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Today, in coachspeak

So, Gary Pinkel, when the day comes that the SEC ditches its ban on satellite camps, will we hear you mourn the demise of integrity, or will you start planning your first camp in the Deep South?

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