I don't have a problem when these kids change their mind. There is no pen to paper commitment and coaches can do the same to them.
Is there anyone out here who thinks ISU should stop talking to players when they commit to other schools? Should Rhoads should tell Cousins " I way you to come here but you're committed to another school and you leaving them will be hard on them." Or will you think he is a bad person if he does come here?
1) from all accounts he didn't tear his ACL like people here have said
2) He is faster than 4.9 speed
3) Why do people compare him to Jeff Woody? There is no grounds for that. Jeff Woody was a walk on who is 6'1 235 lbs. Barkley Hill is 5'10 tops and weighs in around 190. They aren't the same back.
4) Rhoads liked him enough that he quit recruiting RB's after we got his committment. I think that says what the staff felt about him. And give Ferentz credit, he may not be able to keep RB's but he is a pretty good judge of RB talent. He offered Hill before Coker decomitted.
I know it makes us feel better to spin this as the kid isn't that good, but I don't think that's true. It's not a gigantic lose but losing an instate kid to a rival always stings and stops the momentum we were gaining in state.
I believe Cousins school also lost their coaching staff. To me that is a huge difference. I know if have stolen some away recruits from other schools. He was an instate guy that switched to the dark side. That is probably the worst thing about it. I honestly don't think he would of stayed at RB his entire career at ISU. We will never know for sure now. I honestly don't think it is a huge lost. I hope we pound him when we play him.
back on topic. I'm not sure if there is anyone available at RB that the staff is really that high on anymore. I just want them to fill up the class with the best available recruits. If they want to float a late offer to a RB with some potential, that's fine with me.
Ok. Should Rhoads, if he is still looking to add a RB, try to get a commitment from someone who is currently committed somewhere else? Or should he only target uncommitted kids?
This is college football. Everything is fair game until next Wednesday. I don't like it but it's the way it is.
IMO, this is why there should be an early signing period that is a binding agreement by both sides and that makes contact with these recruits by another school a violation. This would not only help the schools but it would also help some recruits who are maybe a fallback for the bigger schools and get told in Dec-Jan that their scholarship maybe isn't there anymore and they should look elsewhere. WOuld Hill have signed? I don't know, but at least you know the level of actual commitment.
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