Being a troll is the best defense for making some of those asinine coments.
there would have to be some to wash away
Being a troll is the best defense for making some of those asinine coments.
I'm as big a Michigan fan as anyone, but if I was a 5* recruit I'd pick Stanford over Michigan. Between football, weather, and academics Stanford has it all right now.
I'm as straight as anyone, but I'd pick Channing Tatum over Scarlett Johannsen . Between those muscles and those chiseled facial features, he has it all right now.
I would settle it on the dance floor.
I committed early, a game or two into my senior year. I always wanted to go to Michigan, and I accepted the offer on the spot. So my experience isn't exactly like McDowell's.
What's people who haven't been through it don't realize is there is always one place that feels like home. You might have a favorite school, you might have a favorite coach, you might want to play now, you might have a long prioritized checklist, but in the end, there is one place that gets you as soon as you step on campus. For me, Michigan was my dream, I loved the coaches, and it was right academically, so it just clicked.
But I knew other guys who were all over the map. One guy said he was 99% on Michigan during a visit because of what Michigan had to offer, but that he felt at home at USC (Cali guy). He ended up there. One guy said he felt totally at home at M, but went somewhere that he could play earlier. But generally, I think, most guys fall in love with a place and end up there, regardless of their supposed priorities.
This is why I wonder about these late signing guys: do they not have that moment? If not, that kind of sucks for them. I'd hate to be truly undecided.
I probably would have been convinced I'd be playing in the NFL in a few years anyway, so I would have looked to whatever school had the best partying and would give me the best shot at the NFL.
UCLA and Texas would be front runners. Other visits to Clemson, Georgia, and Miami. As an elite 17 year old athlete, the main criteria are NFL chances, fit with staff, and weather/women. Academics push UCLA and Texas to be the initial favorites.
I don't think people realie that Miami has terrible attendence for their games, even when they were winning national championships and they have horrible facilities.
To Hawaii, Miami, Texas, Arizona St. and Florida St. all over the summer before my senior year.
Then I would've committed to Michigan and started recruiting teammates.
five visits... all to the south. fuck every girl i can, pop mollys, party...
that is what the 18 year old me would have done...
now a days I think it would be cool to see a player 'troll' a team, commit, and then decommit on signing day, commit to rival. that would be awesome.
obviously, I have no respect for the recruiting process. i have following since reading about fargas and company in the fishbowl... but it basically is just a huge propaganda machine...
Year old me and the 18 year old you would've been teammates. Woogity woogity woogity.
It would be Michigan or bust for me. I had a small-time taste of recruiting at the division II level, and I detested it even though it was so very tame compared to modern recruiting pressures at FBS schools. So I would probably be a Ferns or Morris early commit-type, then help with recruiting my future teammates. No shame in that route.
A number of times, being around Dashawn, Tim Settle, and Matt Burrell. I would have michigan on the list being a fan, but the rest of the list would be the usual suspects. It also depends on my position as well and the depth chart. I'd be a wr/cb so I'd consider fsu, Bama, lsu for cb and Michigan, fsu, USC, Clemson, and Oklahoma
I wouldn't have any social networking accounts that were public, I'd be reserved and mysterious. No interviews and always incognito. Then I'd commit to a different school every month from the time my senior year starts until NSD. On NSD I'd finally give an interview after I commit to Old Dominion, and it would be similar to Richard Sherman's.
I'd walk on to Michigan to save a scholarship for another 5 star because I'm that much of a team player.
If I was a 17 year old recruit, I would take every possible visit. Free vacations are cool.
I would take any an all visits I could just to see what's out there. I'm a huge college sports fan so I'd like to see different stadiums. I would try to set up visits with B1G schools that coincide with Michigan games whether it be on the hard court, the gridiron or the ice.
I'm 19 right now. I would take every visit I could. I'd get to go to free games and vacations all the time. I would probably drag it out as long as I could!
You need to narrow this hypothetical a bit. I'm going to assume that:
(a) it's 1988 (when I was a high school senior);
(b) I am a great football prospect; and
(c) otherwise, it was me.
It's still hard to say, because my lack of athletic ability was a big part of who I was. For example, would I have been so shy around girls if I was a super-athlete?
I would probably have gone to Michigan, because I was raised to love Michigan football. Or maybe I would have checked out an Ivy League school. I wanted to be around really smart people, because I thought that this would have made everything better, like it did in Real Genius.
...announcement with my family...visit Michigan, Texas, USC, Stanford and an SEC school. Then probably committ to Stanford (b/c there were no spots available for me at Michigan due to all of the early commits and no visit policy)...and use my football skills to my advantage and get a Stanford education.
When I was 17 as a senior, all I cared about academics and getting into the best school as I could. I also ran cross country (but I sucked). My goal was to make my decision early and just focus on school and sports. If i was in Malik's shoes I would have committed early to the best academic school to get it over with and keep telling the other coaches trying to poach me to suck an egg. I couldn't care less about the social scence so I would have laughed in Dantonio's face.
admit that I would probably take all the visits down south I could during the winter and probably out west as well, then when the party is over, I would commit to UM and get down to business.
Do I want to play pro football and if so which has the best coaching staff that will successfully get me into the NFL. Also, I would want to know if I will get playing time which often is dependent on how many other top players have been recruited for my position by the school.
If I don't have an interest or talent to play in the NFL, academics certainly would be my top priority. However, academics is a minor consideration for a talented five star player.
My driving criteria:
1) proximity to home. Not too close, but not so far away I could never see my family.
2) relationship with the coaching staff. They are going to be one of the most influential parts of my life, I better trust them.
3) the vibe of the professors. Most educations are equal to the effort you put in, but really good and personable professors can make a huge difference in how hard you are willing to work.
This is based on no UofM offer which I would jump on. I would hope that I am mature enough to make this decision.
Ultimately I want to be in a place where I will end up successful.
Things I don't really care about:
Keep in mind even with you committing early you would still have recruiting pressure. Coaches still recruit you since a verbal means nothing.
Now if it was me....10 years ago I would have committed to Michigan early in a heartbeat. But kids these days want to win and go to the league. I'd probably end up committing to an SEC school on signing day. Play for championships and a pro factory.
Your first premise is to disregard "Knowing what you know now."
I probably would have been wooed to the golden coast. One trip to USC and I never would have looked back.
I would probably check out the ~best~ school from each of the five power conferences and make those my official visit. My parents would help me narrow it down.
ACC: Notre Dame*>UNC=Duke>Virginia
I have west coast connections and grew up in Michigan watching the Rose Bowl, so I'd probably commit to a Big Ten or Pac-12 school.