Thursday's Daily Briefing: We explain some of the things you'll hear following FAU recruiting
With FAU landing two commitments earlier this week, bringing its total to six, we are now officially immersed into the recruiting season.
Perhaps it’s a good time to dispel some of the misconceptions that usually pop up about this time to those who may not quite understand some of the nuances of recruiting or who may be following the recruiting coverage on FAUOwlAccess.com for the first time.
A commitment is a commitment
In the recruiting world, a commitment has a totally different meaning than in the real world. Any commitment given to a school by a player is non-binding until that player signs his National Letter of Intent. So a player can give a commitment, but have a change of heart without any repercussions. It happens to every school.
FAU likes to keep its commitments quiet
It has nothing to do with what FAU wants. It is an NCAA rule that no one at FAU can comment on a player until he has signed.
How many “stars” a player has is important
Through the years, this has been a highly-debated issue. Some recruiting sites rank high school players by giving them a number of “stars.” I don’t see anything wrong with this, but all the rankings should be taken with a grain of salt. After seeing players recruited by FAU go from two stars to five stars overnight once big schools got involved, it’s believable that quality players are out there who don’t have four and five stars. In short, think of the “star” system is more of an indication on how highly recruited a players is, not how good they are.
No one knows what went on in recruiting before Twitter and Facebook
I saw this the other day and think I can go ahead and name a winner for the dumbest thing I will hear during recruiting this season since commitments were being reported well before Twitter and Facebook. Rumor has it that before Twitter and Facebook there was an invention called the telephone and with it you can call high school coaches and players and they will, on occasion, tell you what is going on and what they are doing. That’s worked out pretty good for me during every one of FAU’s recruiting periods going back to the days before the first game- and yes, that was before Facebook. Anyone who follows recruiting just using Facebook and Twitter, is doing just that - following.
I hope that helps explains some of the basics of recruiting. You can keep track of what's going on with FAU recruiting by checking back with FAUOwlAccess.com
as we get ready for National Signing Day on Feb. 2, 2011.
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