Poll: Do you like it when recruits pick from a table of baseball caps in front of TV cameras? Or not?

Do you like watching top prospects commit at ceremonies?

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Are you entertained when a top prospect sits around a table around February’s national signing day and picks up a baseball cap in a drama-filled moment to reveal his college decision to a crowd of spectators or TV audience? Do you enjoy that? A lot of people do.

Or do you prefer when a player does it the old-fashioned way? You know, such as telling a few people and letting the word spread?

Vadal Alexander was one of the nation’s most-heavily recruited prospects but did it the “old school” way. When the offensive lineman from Buford High School  decided he was going to commit to LSU over Auburn and Alabama this week, rather than to have a press conference or “commitment ceremony,” Alexander simply called a few reporters who had been covering his recruiting and let the word spread.

“I’m not the type of guy to be real flashy or anything like that,” Alexander told the AJC. “I try to stay humble. I wanted to let everybody know the old-fashioned way. I’m not into the TV cameras and letting the whole world see me.

“However, that may be a nice way for other prospects to do it. You know, that is fun and everything. But it’s just not my style. That’s not how my parents raised me, to do it like that.”

What do I think? I admire Vadal’s style, but I think we’re past the point of no return with prospects having “commitment ceremonies” for TV audience or in front of a big crowd of family, friends and teammates. For me, it’s more like why not rather than why. Besides, if you look at all the 5-star and 4-star talents the state of Georgia has produced over the last 5-10 years … with many of them, the “commitment ceremony” may be the last time that mainstream college football fans ever hear about this or that prospect again. So why not?

What do you think? Please post below.

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59 comments Add your comment

AnnapolisDawg

October 12th, 2011
1:33 pm

AnnapolisDawg

October 12th, 2011
1:35 pm

For some it will be the highlight of their sports career; who cares if it’s a little flashy. These kids deserve the spotlight but with that said, my preference would be for “old school.”

Frankly

October 12th, 2011
1:38 pm

I don’t like the “hat trick” it is very lame in my opinion. I like for the recruit to just tell the coach and let that be it.

BullDawg Rick

October 12th, 2011
1:41 pm

Having followed Buford the past 10 years, there’s not a more humble person than Vadal Alexander. As much as I love Vadal, I wish he’d go to the State U & donn the Red & Black…

That being said… I’d be very surprised if Mr. Alexander had announced his intentions to attend his choice of higher learning any other way…

Best to you Vadal.. A beast on the gridiron & an intelligent gentle giant in life!

Stew Pidd

October 12th, 2011
1:49 pm

If they’re going to UGA, instead of picking a baseball cap, let them signify by chugging a bottle of liquor and drive off in a new car given to them by a booster.

coachx

October 12th, 2011
1:51 pm

These kids thing they are something before they are anything.

dawgster

October 12th, 2011
1:54 pm

@Bulldawg Rick…any knowledge on why the dawgs were not much of a player for his services…as bad as we need O Line help….also, we seem to miss out on alot of Buford players just as we do on Gainesville players…no excuse for losing Blake Sims to Bama…but we dropped the ball with him…but you can’t get them all, but just hate to lose out on some of the really good talent close to Athens…I’m sure now I will get alot of negative feedback regarding our coaching staff and their recruiting efforts from other bloggers, so maybe I shouldn’t have gone with these comments…go dawgs

Robinwood

October 12th, 2011
1:58 pm

What’s it going to take to get Big Mike pup from IC’s presser crowned UGA IX?

Robinwood

October 12th, 2011
2:00 pm

*Big Mike’s

nash

October 12th, 2011
2:02 pm

Last years Ray Drew show was a little over the top because he had former Bulldog greats there and, gave a speech all of which was covered by the media. Then there was the IC ceremony with the baby bulldog and, the Jay Rome and, MM show that was attended by Mr. Drew himself but, we give these young men their time to stand in the lime light. The televised games, websites that cover high school ball and, the list goes on. If it is over the top it is because we make it that way he11 on the bulldog espn site you can read what they are saying on twitter

WDE '93

October 12th, 2011
2:36 pm

WHERE MY BOY “TIDE ROLL”? IT’S NOT A CERTIFIED BLOG UNTIL THAT DUDE POSTS

Paul N Destin

October 12th, 2011
2:47 pm

The easy button crowd…like the man said 50 % will never play a meanful down in their career. Drew is so overrated but you will never convince the UGA folks. No more talent that you have and he can’t get off the bench? In your dreams.

G-Dawg

October 12th, 2011
2:48 pm

7576DAWG

October 12th, 2011
2:56 pm

The pathetic thing about the recruit’s lining up a bunch of caps and keeping the suspense as long as possible is it makes them Look like circus clowns performing in front of the crowd and the media. They actually think that’s the way to handle the first real important decision in their life. It proves how ignorant their parents really are and proves how childish they are.
Be a man about it , you are growing up , act like it. If you have made up your mind call the coach and tell him you chose them to spent the next few years with and you look forward to be as productive as possible as a TEAM member. Tell the coach you will see him in January ,if early , or June . then hang up and call the other coaches , as a courtesy.

5150 UOAD

October 12th, 2011
3:05 pm

I guess they are learning young to be media pimps. I would just call the coach. I am past the Hat show. I think I would poop my pants if 1 just One player called a Dean/professor and said Sir I chose this football team because I want to Study under your supervision in this field of study.

BG

October 12th, 2011
3:06 pm

Yea, As long as the cap says UGA.

bucket

October 12th, 2011
3:11 pm

Who cares what these kids do? They are 18 years old for crying out loud! Anyone who gets real worked up about a hat ceremony should not spend time around teenagers. @ Paul N Destin – not sure who you pull for, but I bet your team’s head coach and tackles will not be calling Ray Drew overrated over the next few years. Cut the kid some slack, he was hurt before the season started and is just now coming into his own. He is a true freshman! Good grief!

Crap

October 12th, 2011
3:12 pm

As long as they stay true to whichever school they choose, and PaulNDestin: Just shut up.

GT Alum

October 12th, 2011
3:14 pm

There’s far too much hoopla around recruiting. A kid should make his visits, sign with a school, and the school would make the announcement. And the media shouldn’t even be tracking it until the announcement is made. Get rid of this committed but not signed crap, the big announcements, all the negative attention these kids get (harassment by fans and others who don’t have their best interests at heart), and stop feeding these kids egos. Maybe more big recruits would do something in college if they came in with the expectation that they have to prove themselves at this level instead of being treated like stars.

Crap

October 12th, 2011
3:16 pm

Gee, UOAD. You tekkies would have us all believe that that is exactly how it’s done at the Trade School.

GTBob

October 12th, 2011
3:16 pm

It just seems very childish to me and shows extreme arrogance. High school kids have yet to accomplish anything in life, yet they think they are superstars.

Delbert D.

October 12th, 2011
3:17 pm

Absolutely not. It’s flashy and trashy.

sogadog

October 12th, 2011
3:17 pm

Most recruiting reports this year show talented players from the state of Georgia are choosing SEC schools other than UGA. Why?

BullDawg Rick

October 12th, 2011
3:21 pm

Dawgster – From many I know at Buford, Vadal was LSU from the 9th grade. I have met him a few times & teased him about how cool it’d be lining up with Dallas being from the same school. He’d go along with it joking around.. But much family is in LA, so he has support there… We did get Kolton from the Wolves Den & Mikkie, but you are right, many many have gone to other schools. I have to believe it’s due the fact many former pro athletes that reside in the Buford – Suwanee area have ties outside of GA.. How many others from Ptree Ridge go to UGA?? Aside from Drew, none.. Heyward would’ve been a beast at UGA, but has his father’s family from the PA area so he had no loyalty to the South. I have had the pleasure of meeting Omar Hunter on many ocasions.. I’d have LOVED for him to play at UGA, but he went to UF as a package deal with TJ.. There was an OL that went to UT this weekend (his dad is a friend, it’ll go nameless, as he’s not announced – yet) with our group.. He’s camped at AU & UT but not UGA.. I have to say I do not get it either… Personally, I’d love to get a few more 3 * OL.. THey seem to be more coachable & get down & dirty.. Ben Jones & David Pollack come to mind.. & I believe the stud CHester Brown will be as good – if not better – than Theus… Just my take…

Go Dawgs!!!

country boy

October 12th, 2011
3:23 pm

Reminds me of a cheesy game show host. Prefer Vadal’s way.

5150 UOAD

October 12th, 2011
3:33 pm

I want to see the Hats on the Table after the 5 college years are over. A Waste Management trash truck hat, Waffle House cook hat, P.E. Coach hat, Brickman Lawn service hat, and a Welfare hat………….and What will the UGA football player chose now?

Beast from the East

October 12th, 2011
3:36 pm

“But it’s just not my style. That’s not how my parents raised me, to do it like that.”

Thanks, mom and dad for raising your son right! Best if of luck at LSU.

UGA Insider

October 12th, 2011
3:39 pm

UGA recruiting is going to suffer until McGarity decides to offer CMR an extension or if we do the “coach in waiting” thing with CTG. KIds want to play for the guy that recruits them and I don’t blame them. I’m anxious to see how this plays out.

Worm

October 12th, 2011
3:40 pm

I liked the early seventies-Nobody knew who signed where until it was in the paper several days later.

Beast from the East

October 12th, 2011
3:42 pm

“Yea, As long as the cap says UGA.”

BG,
LOL!!!!
Funny, but it’s probably the most honest answer you’ll ever see on these blogs!

1eyedJack

October 12th, 2011
3:57 pm

I’m with Worm. I’m old enough to remember when you had to wait until Thursday after signing day to find out who signed with who, and then it didn’t mean much because the only info you got beforehand was who were the Super 11.

As for the hat thing it’s their 15 minutes of fame. It’s a way of showing off. Being flamboyant. Flashing your bling. Sort of like painting yourself up and donning your best feathers and cheetah skin and jumping up and down and batting your eyes. The fittest put on the best display. It is the new normal until some kid figures out a way to be more outrageous.

7576DAWG

October 12th, 2011
4:23 pm

UGA Insider
Because we are 2-9 against ranked opponents in two years I think that McGarity is now going to wait until after the Florida game. At first I thought it would be after the Vanderbilt game but both Vanderbilt and Florida are pretty good teams and if we beat both I think it will be enough to get the 3 year extension. I just hope that McGarity knows how important it will be to pay Grantham enough that he will sign a 3 year extension also. Bobo doesn’t matter, we can only go uphill with him but I do think he is way over paid. His status will not change until Adams gives the okay. McGarity is not dumb and would like nothing better than to bring a real offensive coordinator to Georgia. I will admit that Bobo’s play calling was much better against Tennessee so maybe just maybe he will work out.

at the 10...5...TD!

October 12th, 2011
5:38 pm

I’m old school and prefer how the kid from Buford did it. In fact, we are in the electronic era so just a simple tweet or facebook mention will do. Later for press conferences with hats and puppies and the like. The media makes way more out of recruiting than needs to be. You don’t see recruits from say Boise do all that. They just recruit ‘em and then coach ‘em up and then we get to watch them whoop up on all the 5 and 4 star players that did the hat dance. Ain’t that right UGA?, Oklahoma? Oregon?

Ramblin Man

October 12th, 2011
7:10 pm

I think 7576Dawg explained it perfectly.

SickandTired

October 12th, 2011
7:32 pm

Georgia loses kids in Gwinnett like it’s nothing. The recruiting is really a joke.

Proud PaPa

October 12th, 2011
8:04 pm

My son decided to played the OL, was 6-4, 300 lbs, lead the team in takedowns and was recruited by Div 1 and 3 teams nationally. He proudly wore his Div 3 cap to the “signing” ceremony. Just being with his friends, his coaches and class mates was the reward. He didn’t have to do any cheap carnival tricks to show his excitement of attending and playing at his school of choice.

Red&Black

October 12th, 2011
8:06 pm

Why not? Because it perpetuates the myth that they are prima donas and truly special. Then they show up and realize the myth has been busted when the speed of the game and the extra strength at the next level bursts their bubble. How many true freshmen are truly stars by the halfway point of the Frosh season. Very, Very few. Wake Forest is proof that all the stars in the world means little. They simply bust their butts and manage to beat teams loaded up with hat choosing recruits yearly. They don’t win them all by no means but they still prove heart is more important.

JD

October 12th, 2011
8:20 pm

i think the ones who do the “hat thing” are the ones who are more into “me” than team. I would rather have a recruit who understands that he got where he is because of the team and his future depends on how well his new team does and he meshes with them. If they want to excel alone, play tennis or golf.

UGA_2001

October 12th, 2011
10:13 pm

Recruits need to be a little less selfish. Coaches and their families have their careers on the line and recruiting s a big part of their jobs. To treat them and the process with such little respect is very low class.

The kids who do the hat trick need to broaden their horizons a bit and realize there s a lot more going on than their commitment.

And guys lie DaRic Rogers who commit somewhere until the night before signing day are the lowest of the low. What he did to Richt and the UGA program is unforgivable. About as low class and selfish as it gets. He has no future in football.

The Rest of the Story

October 12th, 2011
10:13 pm

The kids don’t do it. The news media does. If there were no press cameras there, there would be no “ceremony”.

collegeballfan

October 12th, 2011
10:42 pm

Picking from a table full of hats always struck me as Third Grade stuff. But if that is the intellectual message they want to send to the world, well so be it.

BAMA STAN

October 13th, 2011
7:33 am

13 NATIONAL TITLES – 22 SEC TITLES!!!

Whatever – I do not watch the press conferences.

These are 17-18 year old kids – who have been through quite a recruiting process – for many – a lot of pressure. If they want to celebrate with the “HAT” schtick – that’s fine with me. Good for them.

We seem to take the JOY out of sports. Let these kids have their fun!

South GA Dawg

October 13th, 2011
7:35 am

Picking from a table of hats is fine if done with class. The hats represent the schools that offered him. He should thank all of them and then pledge his loyalty to the team that he committs to. Nothing wrong with that, you dont start putting on a bunch of hats like an idiot.

BAMA STAN

October 13th, 2011
7:42 am

13 NATIONAL TITLES – 22 SEC TITLES!!!

@ UGA_2001 – in reference to Darick Rogers last second switch. Yes, this can be tough – but let me ask you – has UGA ever picked up a “surprise” recruit that had committed to another school?
One of you starting OL was a KY commitment – and switched at the last second. He played and started his freshman year.

Regarding Da’Rick – dude – who really cares.
By him not going to UGA – an opportunity opened up for another recruit.
Maybe…… just maybe – Malcolm Mitchell winds up at another school if that scholarship was taken by Da’Rick. Da’Rick is a great player for Tennessee – but look at the impact Mitchell has had on UGA.

Recent column focussed on UGA recruiting LB’s that have verbally committed to other schools. I guess you would want Richt and staff to quit recruiting these kids?

At the end of the day – it will all pan out.

At any rate – I hope UGA makes it to the Dome early December.
Best of luck the rest of the year – and PLEASE – BEAT AUBURN!

Roll TIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

BAMA STAN

October 13th, 2011
7:53 am

13 NATIONAL TITLES – 22 SEC TITLES!!!

UGA_2001 – Kenarious Gates is the OL that swtiched to UGA on signing day.
He had been a Kentucky commitment.

UGA offererd last second as their targets did not work out.
Gates contributed his freshman year- and became a starter on the O-Line for UGA by mid-season.

I guess – in your words – Gates is the “lowest of the low” for doing this.

As I mentioned – Da’Rick not going to UGA opened up a scholarship for the next season.
And Malcolm Mitchell looks pretty darn good – he was a long shot recruit for UGA.
This kid really looks good.

We, as fans – are probably too invested in this stuff.
Those kids who wind up at UGA – those are the ones that matter to you.
Those that chose other schools – regardless of the circumstance – it’s their right – and we should wish them success and hope they get a great education. Their college careers are short lived!

Again, my friend – at the end of the day – it will even out at the end.

Steveo

October 13th, 2011
8:30 am

These are high school kids….all this press conference crap is just adding to the fire making these atheletes think that they deserve special treatment…..they are going to college for an education….my opinion is that if they sign a 4 year atheletic scholarship, they shouldn’t be able to sign a pro contract until their 4 years of eligibility is up…whether they play or not….they are just college students first….atheletes 2nd! Stop all this special treatment and make the kids finish school….the NBA or NFL or MLB should not be able to even contact these kids until their eligibilty is up! News conferences for high school kids…give me a freakin break!!

Ryno

October 13th, 2011
9:27 am

I like what Alexander did, even if he chose the wrong school. That’s the cool way to do it. The three hat monte is tired. Blame television for ruining the whole deal.

juvenal

October 13th, 2011
10:03 am

surprized they find hats that fit…….

gbal

October 13th, 2011
11:01 am

Not really into these guys that want to beat their chests and bring attention to themselves; they show potential to be “Me” guys at the college level. They are the BMOC in highschool but will hopefully be really humbled when they arrive on campus and find out that they are average and have to work for PT.

The big thing I would like to see with recruiting is to allow recruits to actually sign and therefore be truely commited and bound rather than go thru all of this early commitment then February signing BS.

I see advantages to all!!!

Recruits can end all the stress whenever they like.
Coaches don’t have to continue to recruit their commitments.
Eliminate the last minute defectors or DiRick’s.

I say let schools make offers when they like;
Let the recruit accept and truely commit/sign when they like;
Coaches allowed to retract offers at any time before recruit accepts and signs. Otherwise both parties are committed……

UNLESS RECRUIT….

> Commits a crime

Bloggers – Enlighten me as to why this cant be the case? Why do we have the early verbal and then signing only in February? I must have blinders on ???

gbal

October 13th, 2011
11:04 am

I dont see the point.