Posted by vegask on 10/3/2013 11:10:00 AM (view original):
Had the kid locked up then he comes out of nowhere and must've dropped $10k on the kid...
Oh well, I just turned around and offered the guys other recruits who were on the fence guaranteed starting spots on my team....little *****.
Wow. Sounds to me like a good way to commit mutual suicide just because you took it personally.
Believe me, I've been in that situation. I still think my D3 program never recovered from having a decent big taken from me a cycle before signings a few seasons ago, but I have to be honest and also admit that the experience taught me a lesson for the future and that the lack of really good bigs in my area was just as much a problem as losing that one kid.
Interestingly, I've been doing better at recruiting once I let go of the personal stuff and realized that if I take my time and don't knee-jerk jumping on kids, I usually end up with good recruits plus a surplus of cash (not always, but more often). I'm also in my first D1 season now, and I came into it expecting
to have recruits taken away -- it's amazing how much difference that makes in attitude.
Recruiting is gambling: you won't always take the big hands, but if you don't take risks you're more likely to end up with nothing. I just go into it now figuring that I'm going to lose a lot of the big battles anyway, but it only takes one or two wins to keep my program going strong.