Now that we’ve covered some information about how to get yourself recruited but also about choosing the right school in the recruiting process, it’s time to cover 2 common reasons to choose a school that make absolutely zero long-term sense. We’ll cover the first of the 2 common mistakes today, and the second tomorrow.
The single stupidest reason for a recruit to choose a school is a relationship with an assistant coach. For starters, recruits and their families must understand this about assistant coaches: they all want to be head coaches. And this means that they tend to follow a career path that includes a vagabond lifestyle, always seeking the next step up the ladder until they reach their goal. As such, the odds are quite high that the assistant coach you developed that bond with won’t be around for 4 years. In fact, if you were a player with a lot of options, and the perception is that you signed with that school because of him, he probably won’t even be there by the time you arrive on campus. Given the statistical reality of the off-season game of musical chairs that takes place in the college coaching profession (especially in football and men’s basketball), wise prospects largely discount the likability and social skills and even the perceived character of the assistant coach who is leading the recruiting process.
So, not only is the person you liked and trusted the most not there, but now you’re in the position of falling victim to the “My Guy Syndrome” (from a previous post, see below) in terms of playing time and opportunities. In short, a relationship with an assistant coach shouldn’t even be one of your top 10 reasons to choose a school, and you’d be a fool to allow a relationship with an assistant coach to drive your decision.
Thank you very much for reading this. We hope these thoughts are helpful.
* The “My Guy” Syndrome (from an earlier post): An assistant coach will regularly describe a recruit as “my guy” if that assistant is the lead recruiter for that particular prospect. Once a recruit is on campus, that assistant coach will work hard to lobby and manipulate the head coach to ensure that his “guy” is receiving every possible opportunity for playing time, etc, because the assistant coach believes that post-season awards (all-rookie team, all-conference, etc) for his “guy” will advance his coaching career. So, what if the assistant coach who recruited you leaves to go to another school before you even set foot on campus? Now, you’re nobody’s “guy” and no one is fighting for you behind the scenes. So, what’s the answer? Choose a school where you’re the head coach’s “guy.”