The last line of defense

Recruiters know that a prospect's mom often has the most influence

Updated: January 3, 2013, 6:54 PM ET
By Mitch Sherman | ESPN RecruitingNation

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- We all saw it.

If not the live telecast last year during the Under Armour All-America Game, then surely the replay online as video went viral of Landon Collins' mother, April Justin, openly upset with his decision to attend Alabama over her preference, LSU.

It was uncomfortable. It was alarming. And it was real.

They say blood is thicker than water, an adage that often holds true in recruiting. But when two schools get between a player ...

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