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.
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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