Friday, January 27, 2012
Recruit X: Pay for play?
By Recruit X
Ever wonder what it’s like to be an elite high school basketball player? To be the object of affection for the country’s top-tier college programs? To be bombarded after games by autograph seekers and grant interviews several times a week to recruiting analysts who are dying to know what school you’re leaning toward?
What is that world really like?
ESPNHS has summoned the help of a highly rated recruit and granted him anonymity in order to bring you a raw and real account of just what goes on in their lives that doesn’t make the press clippings.
A lot of people want to know why I agreed to do this, and it’s to give you all a look inside of our lives and let you see what’s really going on. I can’t give my name for obvious reasons.
I was shocked at how hard it was for people to believe the first blog about recruiting visits. That happens on almost every visit.
A lot of people ask me about my school list, and they always want to know if players are offered money while they’re being recruited. That’s something that everyone wonders about.
Well, I’m getting recruited by a lot of top schools and I can tell you that not every school offers players money. But, in all honesty, I was offered money once by a coach over the phone.
It was a regular call and he was saying what all coaches say, stuff like “we really want you here” and “we want to use you in our offense in a big way,” and so I just kept listening like I always do.
I don’t know if the coach didn’t think I was really feeling the school or that I wasn’t really listening, but out of nowhere he said that he’d be willing to pay to get me. I thought it was a joke and I didn’t respond, but then he said it again and I could tell that he was serious.
He said he would be willing to pay if I was ready to make a commitment to the school and that there were ways to do that. I was honestly a little shocked. I had heard that this kind of stuff went on, but this was the first and only time that it had happened to me.
It was really awkward because I just didn’t know what to say. I was quiet for a while on the phone, then finally I just told him that I didn’t want to do that and I was still weighing my options out and I wasn’t ready to give a commitment to any school.
He never said how much money or anything like that.
I know that some of my friends have told me similar stories and it’s not hard to believe anymore. I can’t say that all schools offer money, but some schools definitely do.
I don’t think that I would’ve taken the money, but I can’t knock other players whose families need the money if they take it knowing that that’s the school that they want to go to anyway. I know what the rules say, but it happens every year.
Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for now. Check back next time.