Recruits: Take your visits


Interesting note here from ESPN.com West Coast recruiting analyst Greg Biggins (it's the third item down): Defensive lineman Antwaun Woods (Woodland Hills, Calif./Taft), while committed to USC, is going to take all five visits.

I've never talked to Woods but he's got the right idea: Every recruit should take all five official visits, even if they are -- or believe they are -- certain where they want to go.

Why? Because official visits are fun. Because visits allow a young man to see other parts of the country with all expenses paid. Because -- just maybe -- there will be something else out there that proves intriguing.

Of course, coaches don't like that. They want a kid to commit and then not talk to anyone else, much less take more visits.

Recruits -- and parents -- might want to take note when a coach gets bent about taking a full flight of official visits, particularly early in the recruiting process. It might be revealing about that coach's motives. Is the coach looking out for the young man, or only his recruiting class?

The problem for some kids is leverage. While "five-star" guys will get coddled in all circumstances, sometimes coaches will threaten to pull a scholarship offer if a recruit takes more visits. Or they will use that as justification for yanking an offer later when a more highly rated prospect becomes available.

Again, that's revealing about the coach.

On the other hand, the later it gets in recruiting, the more justifiable a coach's frustration becomes. Yes, it can be an ugly game.

Still, recruits need to understand one basic rule in recruiting: It's all about them. They don't owe anybody anything. Not coaches. Not fans. The recruit needs to make decisions based on what he wants and what his family wants.

And it's easiest to figure that out after taking all five official visits.