Ever wonder what it’s like to be recruited by a top Division I football coach, be it position coach or head coach? Well, now we know thanks to a blind survey distributed by The Sporting News — as relayed by the Portland Oregonian — to 102 of the nation’s top recruits. The survey sample was designed to provide both geographic and talent diversity, but all athletes surveyed held at least four scholarship offers when they were sent the questionnaire.
When the answers were in, a few incredible notable things emerged, but none were more obvious than the following: College recruiters are absolutely full of it when they’re trying to convince a player to come to their school.
Among other similarities, players almost universally bemoaned coaches who they knew were lying to them, particularly when it came to playing time. When asked what one line a player had heard from a recruiter that made them roll their eyes, a number cited promises about starting or contributing as a freshman.
Here are some of the best, most audacious examples of those little white lies.
“Having a recruiter tell you that you can start immediately if you come there. That line is the key for you to cut them (off your list).”
“They told me I’m absolutely starting my freshman year, even though I know that most offensive linemen like me need a year to develop.”
“A recruiter told me that I was good enough to skip college and go straight to the NFL. I laughed in his face.”
“One coach told me he could guarantee me an NFL contract.”
“They’d help me make an NFL movie and I could star if I’d want to after I graduate from the school. I mean … come on, man.
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