Since we're in final week of the recruiting process (National Signing Day, Feb. 6), there's been much scuttlebutt around the CFB blogosphere about who's getting who and so on and so forth. Hooper recently provided his thoughts on how to lump recruits into different bins and I responded with my thoughts on said binning and my general disdain for the whole recruiting process. (Mr. Swindle also holds the sentiment that recruiting is ugly and terrible, yet it is completely necessary.)
That being said, I was reading cnnsi.com this morning and came across this article that outlined some of the 2004 #1 uber-recruit, Willie Williams' shenanigans in his various "courtships" with schools and how he was the end of an era of essentially rules-free recruiting. It goes on to explain how the playing field was leveled in 2005 (which I did not realize it had occurred) by the NCAA to prohibit reckless-recruiting tactics of coaches/schools by enacting none other than a set of rules and guidelines. The article also provides a very basicoutline of a typical weekend of an "Official Visit".
While I still retain some reservations about the whole process, the article seemed to have magically turned itself into a bottle of "Formula 409" by cleaning up some dirt, grease, and grime that had latched on to my opinion. Obviously, the system is not fail-proof as evidenced by our own Team Hosts, Mssrs. Jones and Paige, but perhaps it's not quite as dirty anymore as we once thought?
Ahh, who am I kidding?! I still feel slimy just typing this!!