Keep in mind, I really would like both of them, but it'd come at the expense of one of our scholarship athletes. And to tell one of your players that you need his scholarship for a better player, doesn't usually go over real well.
McDermott is probably thinking realistically and not expecting Barnes to commit to ISU. He'll cross that bridge IF the program gets there.
We take Kelm no matter what, we cant wait to figure out if Barnes will commit to us in a year or so. If Barnes wants in, we'll make room.
There is no question we need to go with a talent upgrade. That is why Greg is trying so hard to go for this tyupe of players. Did not the first year he was surprised how much talent would be needed to compete in the Big 12 versus MVC which is a defensive league?
If we ever, and I mean EVER, pass on a top talent just because we don't want to hurt someone's feelings, then we might as well cash in our chips and get out.
I'm saying don't say you're going to put a kid on scholarship and then take it back later. Down the road, some marginal kid (who may be a sleeper) may not consider ISU because some other kid got his scholarship pulled for a recruit.
There's consequences to such a move. Actually pulling the process through which a kid pays for school is just not cool to me.
If you've told a kid before hand that that may be the case, whatever, fine. But if you commit to a school on scholarship, you sure as hell don't plan on it getting pulled. And that's something other coaches could use against us, as well. "Hey, if you don't perform your first two years, they could always pull your scholarship!"
Of course, I bet we have one more defection making this all moot (or we tell a kid he won't get playing time to persuade him), but to pull one from a kid for a recruit is just....weak. And I don't think we'd do such a thing. Everyone says Mac's an honorable guy....and I think he is.....you guys flipped out on Wes for not honoring a commitment to play for our school.......that'd be the same thing.
we have heard that ISU is recruiting a backup to HB if he doesn't commit. That means the staff knows of an extra scholly.... which means the staff is aware of at least 1 who will probably transfer.... read between the lines.
But it's likely that someone will leave on their own with no need to pull a scholarship. There simply isn't enough playing time to go around for the size of the last two classes McDermott signed, and it's pretty likely that someone who ends up riding the pine will want to transfer to a school where they can play.
Every time I read a recruiting thread here I come to the same conclusion: thank god none of you have anything to do with recruiting.
Our situation is really simple. We have Colvin in Gilstrap coming in next year. Then we have Dykstra, Kadima, and Kelm most likely all in 2010. that would be full from a scholarship standpoint. then if HB commits to us (or our backup who will remain unnamed) someone will be taken off scholarship or some one will transfer away from ISU to make room. Its not as complicated as we think.