The Times West Virginian

WVU Sports

August 28, 2012

Teams discuss what it takes to win Big XII



Modern-day recruiting has changed a lot, kids committing much earlier and more often breaking their commitments, or so it seems.

That led to some questions about whether or not the coaches treated a recruit who had given a verbal commitment but said he would continue to take visits was treated like a solid commitment.

Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops said no way.

“He’s not committed if he’s taking visits,” Stoops said. “We tell them that. We say, ‘If that’s the case, then you are not committed. We will not accept that commitment and we will keep recruiting guys at your position. In the end, you’re kidding yourself if you think that’s a commitment.”

Stoops offered an analogy.

“Envision I’m going to tell my wife we’re going to get married in February but until we do I’m going to date these other three girls all through September and October and November until we get married,” Stoops said. “It doesn’t work.”

Stoops’ in-state rival, Mike Gundy of Oklahoma State, was asked the same question about commitments and had a different take.

“Each kid is different based on family background, geography. There’s really no correct answer. I would venture to say when you are taking other visits you have to know in the back of your mind there’s a chance he won’t come to your school,” Gundy said.

Gundy was asked if maybe the adults around the kid, parents and coaches, have a responsibility to see a kid keeps a commitment.

“Like anything else, you’d like for it to be that way, but I don’t know it works out that way,” Gundy said. “Recruiting has gotten so blown out of proportion now — a kid commits and he sees his name go across the bottom of national TV channels — that it’s gotten to the point of a little cat and mouse game. Parents and coaches can’t be held responsible for an 18- or 19-year-old changing his mind.”

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