By DARRYL MAXIE / firstname.lastname@example.org
Denzel McCoy says don’t even try it. For schools who think they can talk the Northview defensive tackle out of his commitment to Georgia Tech — and there are a few — McCoy says they have a better chance of blasting his 6-foot-4, 273-pound frame off the line of scrimmage than they do of changing his mind.
“I just tell the other schools I’m done with my decision and I won’t be taking other visits,” McCoy told Sporting News. “The only thing that I’m going to be wearing that’s football affiliated is Georgia Tech stuff. You can tell me whatever you want. A lot of schools are still after me pretty hard, preaching the same thing, trying to just get me to come on visits.”
Obviously, coaches who try to get recruits to waffle on commitments — and there isn’t a school that doesn’t try it — know that they have nothing to lose and everything to gain. For every 50 McCoys, there’s the occasional Nu’Keese Richardson, the wide receiver Tennessee snagged from Florida.
Ethical? Not ethical? Fans can make their own minds about that. But the NCAA says commitments aren’t binding until a prospect signs on the line that is dotted, and at the end of the day, that’s the only thing a coach must follow.