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What Are Words Worth? College Basketball Recruits Back Out Easily

CORAL GABLES, FL - APRIL 01:  Michael Snaer #21 of the West Team drives against DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the East Team in the 2009 McDonald's All American Men's High School Basketball Game at BankUnited Center on April 1, 2009 in Coral Gables, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
Colin MeansCorrespondent IMay 28, 2009

Time and time again this past year, a recruit has pulled out of his agreement to attend a college, whether that be a verbal or signed commitment, and “reopened” the process. 

You have to take into account family situations, coaching changes, and other factors high school kids deal with, but it has become too easy for a recruit to just withdraw from a commitment.  Coaches and team personnel put a countless amount of time into recruiting, and if a signed recruit decides to walk out, that leaves the program at a big disadvantage. 

Once a recruit has given his commitment, a coach would like to think he has tied off all of the loose ends there and can focus on other team necessities.

For example, when John Calipari decided to take the Kentucky job, he basically left Memphis in ruins.  I know the head coach is oftentimes the main reason a player wants to play for that school, but something is not right about a player being able to reopen the entire recruiting process, leaving that school disarmed. 

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