National Signing Day is Wednesday.
Go ahead and cringe if you think recruiting is an evil process.
Go ahead and jump for joy if you believe recruiting is even more important than the actual games.
Neither thought is correct, obviously, because signing day actually lies somewhere in between.
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There are people who don’t follow recruiting -- that’s hard to believe, right? -- because they just don’t think it’s worth their time. They think it’s silly for fans to be so obsessed with the decisions of teenagers about where they’re going to play college football. That’s especially true considering how often some of these players change their minds and jump from school to school.
On the other side, there are fans who study rankings and fret about how many stars each player receives from all the different recruiting services. They can’t believe their top recruit only has four stars -- there has to be a bias against their team, right? -- while their rival has a bunch of five-star players. They criticize their coaches when they don’t land one big-name player and then celebrate madly when they land the next one.
Again, both extremes are way off the mark.
Recruiting and signing day are important. Ask any coach; they will say they have to have talented players to win games. Coaches certainly make a difference in how much a team succeeds, but they can only do so much with limited talent. So that makes this recruiting process one worth watching.
But it’s not worth all the hang-wringing and worrying that come with not getting a commitment or the joyful celebrations that come when commitments are made. These players still have to get on campus and adjust to college life, and there are no guarantees which players are going to handle that the right way. So it’s best to just calm down a little bit and wait until they actually play some games before getting quite so excited.
There is a reason to get excited, for sure, with getting good players, and there is no real reason to dismiss that process or believe it’s not necessary. But the real excitement comes in the fall when the season is played.
So enjoy recruiting and enjoy Wednesday, but just don’t think it’s the end for your team. It’s just a start.
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