When my outlook on recruiting changed
Summer is pretty slow for college sports. Your only options are to eagerly await the preview magazines or throw yourself into recruiting news. I like the preview mags, but tend to avoid the recruiting news. I’ll still keep tabs on BC’s commits (and so far the school is doing pretty well), but I try not to get overly excited about who is coming to BC and what they promise to do. I learned my lesson long ago. In fact if you just say the phrase “Hinds and Crosson” most BC fans will know exactly how I feel.
BC fans were often left out of recruiting news. Our players weren’t featured in Parade. You couldn’t call Tom Lemming’s hotline and hear about anyone going to BC. That all changed with the internet. Suddenly BC fans could follow the comings and goings of our recruits just like the big guys.
After a few seasons of hype (fed by Mike Farrell and former recruiting coordinator Al Golden) BC fans finally felt like they landed two can’t miss guys in Justin Hinds and Anthony Crosson. The two big New Jersey lineman were supposed to change BC football. Instantly dominate. Turn BC into an elite power. No one questioned if these guys were overrated. No one challenged Farrell’s bias or potential conflicts of interest. These guys were the foundation. Two to build around.
What happened? Nothing. The two can’t-miss kids barely hit the field. Injuries, attitudes, effort (or lack their of) all contributed to Hinds and Crosson’s disappointing careers.
BC wasn’t the first group of fans to face a blue chip letdown. This was just our highest profile bust(s) of the internet age.
I learned my lesson. I never pay for recruiting news and don’t count on anyone until they reach campus and actually hit the field. I don’t think much of Mike Farrell’s writing (but I am not alone there) or his rankings.
There are enough highs and lows involved with following BC, that you don’t need to waste your emotions on the comings and goings of high school kids. Recruiting is vital to a program's success. However, you should judge a class after their senior year of college, not their senior year of high school.