QBs always have the answers
Ask about a variety of topics and you get a variety of answers
No football player talks quite like a quarterback.
With 25 in one setting, not to mention the coaches and college counselors, enough hot air circulated through the Elite 11 finals last week to raise a few balloons. RecruitingNation polled each of the high school quarterbacks on a few items related to recruiting and college football.
The best answers:
What are you most looking forward to about playing college football?
Kevin Olsen (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills), committed to Miami: "The first time I put on the pads and go into a big-time game where the stadium is packed and shaking and everybody is yelling."
Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline), committed to USC: "The environment of going to class every day, being on your own, having intense workouts all year long. Just the idea that you're playing for something bigger than yourself."
Austin Allen (Fayetteville, Ark./Fayetteville), committed to Arkansas: "Saturday games, 70,000 people in the stands, 'College GameDay' and all that. Everything about it, really."
Cody Thomas (Colleyville, Texas/Heritage), committed to Oklahoma: "The intensity. Being out there and having fun. Most people say they like college football more than the NFL. It's a special thing. Growing up, wishing and praying that I would have the chance to do this, I'm really excited."
J.T. Barrett (Wichita Falls, Texas/Rider), committed to Ohio State: "The level of competition and knowing that when you go out there on Saturday, it's big time. The fans are what make it crazy. NFL fans are crazy, but college fans with their teams? When you have 110,000 fans at a game, I think that says quite a bit."
Luke Del Rio (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Valor Christian), committed to Oklahoma State: "The experience, the tradition, the big Saturday night games, just the experience. I want to experience all of it. That's why if I played basketball, I could never skip college."
You're the czar of college football, with the ability to change one thing about the recruiting process. What is it?
Anthony Jennings (Marietta, Ga./Marietta), committed to LSU: "I think you should be able to take official visits before your senior year. At some point, it would seem to make sense."
Del Rio: "I would change it to where you can send mail but you can't talk to anybody until after their senior football season, and you can't commit until national signing day. I think that would take a lot of the stress out of it. Actually, it would probably take all the stress out of it. You wouldn't get these guys committing when they're 12. I think there are a lot of pros and very few cons to that situation."
Christian Hackenberg (Fork Union, Va./Fork Union Military Academy), committed to Penn State: "The little things -- like a coach can send you a Facebook message but not a text message."
Olsen: "I feel you should be able to sign with a team once you hit your junior year instead of just having everything verbal. You know, enough with this. I'm going to Miami, but I don't need to wait. If you don't feel like that, don't commit."
DeVante Kincade (Dallas/Skyline), committed to Ole Miss: Some coaches will bug you and bug you, trying to get you to decommit. I'd like to see that change."
Malik Zaire (Kettering, Ohio/Archbishop Alter), committed to Notre Dame: "The No. 1 thing that gets a lot of guys is that you get a lot of calls when you're just trying to live your teenage life while you can. I think [media and coaches] should just let the kids enjoy being kids while they're kids."
Brice Ramsey (Kingsland, Ga./Camden County), committed to Georgia: "Just stuff coaches say to you. Obviously, they aren't 100 percent with you and there are a lot of lies that go with it, but they have to do what they have to do."
How do you feel about the college football playoff to be instituted for the 2014 season?
Johnny Stanton (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic), committed to Nebraska: "I don't like to get into the politics of things. I don't even know enough about it to have my own opinion. I know some of the people in the Nebraska family have been against it. I don't know why. I don't know the reason to be for it or against it, so I'll read up on it more."
Shane Morris (Warren, Mich./De La Salle Collegiate), committed to Michigan: "I think it's awesome. It's a great start."
Browne: "I'm not really sure. The fans will probably enjoy it, but I'm with the people who say if there's an argument over two teams, there's going to be an argument over four teams."
Kincade: "Like the NFL, it's exciting. But it's going to be the SEC in the championship every year."
Allen: "I think that's great for college football, as long as they keep the bowl games. That's the best week."
Tyrone Swoopes (Whitewright, Texas/Whitewright), committed to Texas: "I don't have a problem with the playoff because sometimes the BCS can be a little unfair."
The NCAA considered a proposal to provide student-athletes with a $2,000 annual stipend to help with the costs of living in college. Are you for it?
Jared Goff (Kentfield, Calif./Marin Catholic), committed to Cal: "I wouldn't oppose it, but I could see it getting out of hand and turning into something that was a downhill slope from there. It could be too much of a problem for some kids that would abuse it and bend the rule."
Stanton: "The dorms are nice, but I think everyone knows, after a while, it can get a little old. With that, you're more capable of living in an apartment and having a roommate."
Morris: "I think it's a great idea. The more money they give us, the better."
Zaire: "The players do so much for the school and do so much for the coaches, it definitely would be a bonus. But at the same time, I don't want it to be something negative, where it turns into a money issue. You're still a kid, and the NFL is where you deal with all the money and contracts. Just enjoying the fact that you have the opportunity to play for a great university, I think, is good enough."
Joshua Dobbs (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta), committed to Arizona State: Personally, I don't think it would be a great idea. It would be kind of like pro football -- of course, not getting paid nearly as much. But with the money involved, it makes it more of a business, and college football is more family -- the tradition of the game, playing your rivals on Saturday. I'm not a big fan of it."
How do you feel about the way college coaches can jump from schools without penalty while players are largely bound by their letters of intent?
Browne: "I think it kind of stinks, but when you start the recruiting process, you know that's the score. When you choose a school, you should know the coach could leave any second, so never choose a school for a coach. That's just the real world."
Hackenberg: "That's something that comes with the territory of you being a player and them being a coach. If they have the opportunity to move on to a better place, they're going to do it."
Asiantii Woulard (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park), committed to South Florida: "If a guy transfers, depending on the reason, what is sitting out a year doing? What is the point? I've never understood it."
Stanton: "I think it's good that players have to stay committed to a school and that there are consequences if they don't. I'm a guy whose word means a lot. I didn't commit to play it safe. It's the coach's choice to move where he pleases, and that's something that every player has to consider in choosing a college."
Olsen: "It's kind of a bummer when you think you have a good coach and he leaves to go somewhere better, but that's the nature of the game. You've got to grin and bear it."
Thomas: "I don't think it's that fair for a player to sit out a year. If he's not getting a chance to play and somebody else will give him a chance, why not let him play?"