Prospects recount strange recruiting tactics at UA Game

Coaches’ Unusual Tactics for Recruiting Highly-Ranked Prospects Revealed

During the recent Under Armour All-America Game check-in, highly-ranked prospects were asked about the strange recruiting tactics college coaches had used to try to land their commitment. Their responses shed light on the lengths to which coaches will go in order to secure top talent for their programs.

One player recalled, “Somebody called me, I’m not going to say their name, from a private plane and said ‘Your seat is right here.'” This extreme tactic demonstrates the pressure and competition that college coaches face in recruiting highly sought-after players.

Another player revealed, “On one of my official visits we actually got to ride in the head coach’s boat as a way of saying I’m part of their family now. That was a first. It kind of fooled me. Then I realized it’s just a boat ride and not the actual school so I snapped out of it.” It’s clear that some coaches are willing to use extravagant experiences to try to sway recruits.

The players also shared some more questionable tactics that they had encountered. One player disclosed, “I had a school contact a girl from that school to be friends with me and kind of lead me towards the school. Her uncle worked for the school. I saw through that.” This tactic raises ethical questions about the use of personal relationships to influence a player’s decision.

Another player recounted, “At Kentucky, a coach decided to recruit me by bringing the type of women Kentucky, I guess, has going to their school. He tried to bring women into the equation when trying to recruit me, which I thought was a little weird.” This tactic reveals the lengths to which some coaches will go to try to impress and persuade recruits.

The topic of Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) also came up in the players’ experiences. One player mentioned, “One was talking about NIL and how much my starting position would be making. I heard that from multiple schools and it didn’t make an impact on me.” This tactic speaks to the changing landscape of college athletics and the shifting priorities of young athletes.

Another player shared, “When other schools talked down about other schools. I didn’t get that. That made me feel like you don’t feel as confident in your school. I don’t really mess with that type of stuff.” This tactic reflects negatively on the recruiting school and suggests a lack of confidence on their part.

Some players also disclosed more unusual tactics used by coaches. One player noted, “I call you more than I call my wife.’ That was weird to me. I’m not going to tell you which coach said that.” This statement raises questions about boundaries and professionalism in the coach-recruit relationship.

On a more positive note, one player shared a more relaxed and genuine approach from a coach. He stated, “Every week Maryland would come up to watch practice. After school coach Brew would go to our local wing spot to get some wings and pizza for everybody. We would all be in the coaches office talking about football and that kind of thing.” This approach highlights the value of building genuine relationships with recruits and creating a sense of camaraderie.

Overall, the players’ experiences shed light on the extreme and sometimes questionable lengths to which college coaches will go in order to secure commitments from highly-ranked prospects. These tactics raise important questions about ethical recruiting practices and the influence that coaches wield in the recruiting process. It also highlights the need for young athletes to navigate the recruiting process with a critical eye and a clear understanding of their own values and priorities.