If you’re a player headed to a prep school or junior college, you may want to study the situation of offensive tackle Bobby Massie, who is scheduled to make a recruiting trip to UGA on Jan. 30.
Massie is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 prospect out of prep schools, according to Rivals. He plays at Virginia’s Hargrave Military and is also considering Alabama, North Carolina, Ole Miss, and Miami.
Last year, he did something very interesting as a high school senior. He turned heads when he didn’t commit or pick a college by signing day. He had plenty of major-college offers, and had backed off a commitment to Virginia Tech only a month before signing day.
Why did Massie do it? He got some good advice from a family friend, Hargrave coach Robert Prunty. “If a player knows he is going to a prep school or junior college, and commits to a college as a [high school senior], then he is pretty much tied to that particular college,” Prunty said.
In other words, if you commit to a school as a high school senior, there’s a good chance that you will sign with that same college at the end of junior college. Prep school and junior college coaches do the best they can to “protect” the major college, encouraging the prospect to sign with the school where they originally committed. And it’s in the best interests of the prep school or junior college, because certain major colleges wouldn’t feel as inclined to recommend them if they felt like their prized prospect was going to “stolen” down the road by another school.
Bottom line: When Massie didn’t declare a college on signing day last year, he kept his free-agent status and was able to be scouted by every school in the nation this year.