Senior Athletes

August 28, 2013
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It used to be that everyone looked forward to their senior year in school. This is still the case for most high school athletes; however, the D-1 athlete now has the added burden of “where am I going to continue my career”. To the ordinary person, this is a nice thing because if they are good enough their college will be paid for through scholarships. What most of us don’t think about is the price these young athletes pay to get that college free. College recruiters are really leeches. Once they start pursuit of an athlete they seldom give up. If you commit early, you would think that it would stop. Not any more. The average college coach only thinks a commitment is a small obstacle in his recruiting. In fact, a previous commitment gives the other coaches a starting point. It allows them to know what they can add to make their offer more attractive. Just read the major area papers and you will see how some of our local athletes are being hounded by these recruiters. The young athlete and their parents need to be on their toes because some of these offers contain more than what the NCAA allows. The athlete could wind up ineligible before his/her first game. One thing that would certainly help this is to go back to the rule that college freshmen are not eligible to play varsity ball. This would push the whole process back a little and give the high school senior a little more breathing room. On the other hand, Damon Bailey was recruited as a sixth grader by IU and never waivered from that commitment.

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