When you hear stories about guys like Billy Butler, you start to wonder about the Current State of College Recruiting. Is a guy like Butler altruistically putting aside his own profit-making plans to help high school kids make good decisions about where to play collegiate football, or is it all a plot to add some bucks to his bankroll while making it seem that he has the kids’ best interests in mind? You already know my opinion. Besides the multiple runners trying to have an influence on the decisions that these kids will make concerning college and selecting an agent, scouts, families, and agents are destroying youth athletics by the day. As previously mentioned, an eighth grader signed a Letter Of Intent with the University of Kentucky, an 11-year-old has been shopped around by his father on YouTube, and recently, the NCAA officially lowered the grade-level age of ”recruitable” boys’ basketball prospects from ninth to seventh.
The latest: A 12-year-old, 6th grade quarterback is being recruited by various colleges. While the NCAA complains about the ruling handed down by Judge Tygh M. Tone in Andrew A. Oliver vs. National Collegiate Athletic Association, et al. the NCAA is turning its cheek to the terrible recruiting going on by its member institutions. The NCAA is so concerned that a senior high-school player not have an advisor play too large of a role in his decision making process, but allows 12-year-old boys to receive questionnaires from its member institutions?
David Sills is being coached by one of the best: Steve Clarkson. Besides teaching Sills proper throwing mechanics, Clarkson has also been given the green light to aid Sills in handling college recruiters.
I am happy for David and his family that he was blessed with great talents at such a young age, but seriously, give the kid a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch and throw in some Gushers…try your best to give the kid a normal childhood. Let’s start putting a fix to this terrible state of recruiting.