In the drama that is recruiting, it is suspense that sells. Therefore, when a prospect commits (especially when he does it early), a certain amount of luster is lost. In short, there is no suspense, and, well, you see where this is headed. The contention made by most fans is that recruits are often penalized for committing early, either by losing stars or by receiving no attention (interviews, etc.). The truth is that most fans want to know where Johnny Touchdown is going. But, there is another truth, and that is that fans care deeply about how or what their commits are doing. The latter is precisely why I am putting as much into contacting those who have already committed, as I am into those who haven't.
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How is the season going?
"The season is going good so far, and we play Manning
this Friday," he said.
You are being recruited as a Defensive End and that is clearly your forte, but, as is the case with most upper-echelon players, your role must be expanded. Can you discuss that as it pertains to you?
"Yes Sir," he
began. "I do play both ways...Tight End on offense and
Defensive End on Defense.
How are you doing on offense?
"I'm doing pretty good," he offered. "We run the Wing-T, so I am mostly blocking for (RB) Rockarius King."
And on defense?
"I think I am doing great," he said.
"I am playing the best of my career and am making a lot more plays than
Do you think that committing early has helped and maybe this why you are playing so well?
"Yes Sir, I just wanted to go ahead and get that off
my mind," he said. "So that way I could just go out and play."
So, where do things stand with your commitment to South Carolina?
"I am 100% Committed."
Talk a little about the season the Gamecocks are having so far.
"Their offense is struggling and I thought we should
have won the Georgia game
What about their defense?
"I really like
their defense and the style they play," he offered.
What position do you think you will play?
"I will play Defensive End," he said.
Talk a little about Coach Ellis Johnson and what he has been able to do with that defense.
"He has come in and is doing a great job," he said. "They are keeping people from scoring and everything is just flowing."
Are you planning on attending any more USC games?
It's not unusual nowadays for committed recruits to take
official visits, just for the experience. What about you?
"I will only be going to South Carolina," he
When do you plan on heading over to Columbia?
"I would like to go ahead and sign in December,"
he said. "That way I could get enrolled and go through spring
But aren't you a basketball star, as well?
"I would rather skip
basketball so that I could go through spring."
I'm certain the SC faithful would welcome that.Burke Hayes is the Southeastern Regional Manager for Football Recruiting at Scout.