Started a new thread for this, I know that some people (read: me) look to the Recruiting 2.0 thread (and get excited about new posts) because they want information specific about Penn State and its recruits.
Myles Dread’s dad is quoted in the article:
(The author of this, Eric Dixon, is the father of Villanova player Eric Dixon. He’s a contributor to The Black Cager and is not only plugged in, he’s clearly an experienced writer/reporter who knows what he is doing.)
I found this interesting:
Conflating this mixture of messages is the inability of college coaches to be effective talent evaluators. “You’d be surprised how many college coaches ask me what level I think a kid is after watching him play” said Duval Simmonds, a long time trainer from the DMV area. Simmonds, who has been training kids since 2001, lamented, “It’s hard for a player to know where he belongs if the guys recruiting him don’t even know.” This makes it difficult to allow the market to determine a player’s worth.
Look at the curious recruitment of the aforementioned Sessoms, who will take his considerable talents to the Penn State this fall. Coming out of high school no scouts thought he was ready for the Big Ten. He was a 2000 point scorer in high school, played for a premier AAU team and, by all accounts, did everything the right way. Still, just one Division 1 school, Binghamton University, deemed him good enough to play at that level. Many of us who actually saw him play were befuddled.
One possible explanation, according to one D1 coach unfamiliar with his recruitment, is his lack of height for the position and other physical metrics. It’s impossible to truly know now why at least local mid-majors didn’t see the potential in his impressive game but Simmonds offered one hypothesis.
“A lot of times coaches don’t know and like to wait to see who else offers,” he explained, adding that some coaches don’t “trust their eyes” if other programs don’t seem to see what they see.
My own guess:
- It’s hard to project most kids to the next level with high accuracy
- The herd mentality takes over