Originally Posted by Red Leader
Not saying it's not a great school, or a great town.
What I'm saying is, this kid was born and raised in SoCal. He's listed UCLA and USC as the two schools that are his favorites for about 2 years now. I just think it's a little fishy that all of a sudden he declares OSU as his favorite. He's never even mentioned being interested in OSU before. If that doesn't seem odd to you, that's fine, but I've followed recruiting in a lot of sports and it doesn't seem normal to me that someone that has listed 2 schools as his favorites for years and no others suddenly changes his mind and lists a new favorite, especially one thousands of miles from home.
Where there's smoke, there's always fire.
No one could look me in the face and tell me with absolute certainty that 100% of all Division I major sports programs are 100% squeaky clean. Football and basketball have the biggest bidding wars for major recruits, and it's a trickle down effect to top prep athletes in other sports as well.
Boosters have way way way too much influence in where recruits enroll these days, and you have to be ridiculously naive to think that athletes aren't getting some sort of compensation to persuade them to attend certain schools. Sure, you're gonna have your "pure" kids that want to go to a program for the right reasons (academic potential, campus environment, a coach, prestige of the program, immediate playing time, location to home, etc), but those kids really are in the minority of all Division I athletes that play the big revenue generating sports.
This isn't a bash on OSU, but rather an acknowledgement that they are in the majority with other "dirty" schools with big name sports programs.
Do I like OSU? No.
Do I think OSU runs clean programs? Absolutely not.
Do I think they are the only school engaging in activities against the NCAA rules? Oh hell no. They are just one of many many many.