...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
EDIT: I never thought asking people to stay true to their word would draw such criticism. Before you go spewing expletives and passing judgements on me, read all my responses to various vitriolic criticisms.
Clarification: The system of college football recruiting is fundamentally flawed. It encourages, if not forces, young, young men to commit to schools very early, when they may not have had a chance to weigh all their options. However, this does not give these young men a free pass to hand out commitments willy nilly. Reform is due in the system, but the young men must also be careful about their commitments.
I wrote this in a fit of passion and rage. Sorry for any incoherence.
We, as the University of Michigan football fan base, need to stop lauding prospects. Our fawning and drooling over 40 times and Rivals stars is breeding class upon class of divas. We shower them with praise, follow their high school seasons, and imagine them in future lineups, and in the process create kids who think they're better than everyone else.
When you make a commitment, you keep that commitment. You are COMMITTED to that school, COMMITTED to those traditions, COMMITTED to what it stands for.
If you do not BLEED Maize and Blue, do not commit to Michigan. Do not commit to Michigan if you could just as easily go to OSU, MSU, ND, or PSU. I want someone who HATES OSU. I want someone who wants nothing more than to run out of that tunnel and touch the MGOBLUE banner in front of 110,000 screaming, maize and blue clad fans.
I know you're just in high school and you're fickle and a visit to any campus excites you. If your blood isn't MAIZE, take all your visits, weigh all your options, and then commit. I understand you want to secure a spot, but how selfish is it to commit just to save a spot in line, knowing you're likely to back out and go somewhere else? Stop committing as soon as you get your offer if you're not 100% Maize and Blue.
Will Campbell should have never committed. Kevin Newsome should have never committed. Bryce McNeal should have never committed. Anthony Fera should have never committed.
Take your time, weigh your options, and then commit. Michigan will find a place for you. I know there is some truth to the need to lock up a place before a school looks elsewhere, but you as recruits have the ability to change this system. Stop committing as a high school junior if you don't bleed Maize and Blue. Send the message to programs that they must respect your right to weigh your options and make your decision in good time.
To close, if a slow start and some ugly losses sway you, Michigan doesn't want you. This season should excite you to get on the field and play for UM. It should excite you to bring UM back into national title contention. It shouldn't inspire you to jump ship. It should inspire you to restore Michigan's place amongst the elite in college football. It should inspire you to uphold the legacy of Yost, Crisler, Bo, and Lloyd, and to create a new legacy for RichRod. It should inspire you to be the next Desmond Howard, the next Charles Woodson, the next Braylon Edwards, or the next Mike Hart. It should inspire you to engrain yourself into the hallowed tradition of University of Michigan football.