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“When a Word is Said, It’s Dead”


Every morning I skim as many newspapers on my tablet that I can to get information on high school players in Ohio. I read the Dispatch. The Plain Dealer is just okay for high school news, but for some reason, the football recruiting writers seem to be really seeking an identity.

Headlines today – “Ohio State recruits Micah Parsons, Jackson Carman publicly lobbying for Dwayne Haskins.” FYI Dwayne Haskins is a backup QB at OSU. Micah Parsons and Jackson Carman are OSU recruits who have yet to play a down or even commit to Ohio State. I have no clue about Parson’s intent, but Carman, an eventual an OSU commitment, was not lobbying for a change, but just supporting a friend.

No more on Parsons, because he is an out of state guy, and I could care less.  But Carman is an Ohio guy and I am prejudice to Ohio players. Have not talked with him, since his sophomore year. Did see him play against Dublin Coffman last year. Questioned his attitude a little and some of his after the whistle play, but he has a ton of talent.

No question, Jackson Carman is a very good athletic OL guy. Runs, changes direction, and bends. Huge body and can get around. Physical player.  A top FBS prospect.

Really his comment was only a little of his fault. Having been in this kind of spotlight for over two years, football recruiting has made him a household name with Ohio State recruiting followers. With that, he is a top target for recruiting fans and reporters. Although it gets old, I would guess that he enjoys it.

Carman and Haskins are friends, and, as I said earlier, he was just supporting his friend. Definitely out of place, however.

No matter what a high school coach advises his college prospects. No matter what a college says to recruits about social media. No matter what an old, bald, out of touch 69 year old evaluator says to all college recruits, kids are into the “me-me” world, and kids will be kids. Definitely out of place, however.

The people at fault are the ones trying establish their “brand.” The football recruiting reporters who need to keep readers coming to their site. Who need to ask silly controversial questions. Who need to be the first to break any recruiting news. Who try to the closest to a recruit, so that they can give information to a college football staff member, coach or support. Who need to post on message boards. All of this can be really hard on high school football recruits.

I would never deny any one a chance to make money to earn a living. To support a family. To help promote high school football in a positive way. To promote high school players to the college football scene.  And I am not really messin with anyone, or throwing anyone under the bus. I just wish reporters would be fair to prospects and, not take advantage of their excitement of being recruited.

Like I said earlier, this is the the “me-me” generation. The NFL has now less limits on celebrations. College players are trying to get there, but, for now, have more restrictions on clebrations.  High school officials are making an very serious effort to stop the “trash talk” and the excessive celebrations.

Some high school players feel the need to be a “me-me” guy. I love players who play with emotion. But there is a difference between emotion and commotion. Causing a commotion can cause more then a few problems. Saw this in a scrimmage this past August.

Just answer questions about yourself. I tell this to groups all of the time. Don’t answer questions about the other team or an up coming opponent. Don’t criticize your coaches or teammates (ala Zeke Elliott about more carries). Don’t be critical of other college football programs, or D2 or D3 football.

A simple rule to follow. Think before you answer any question. “When a word is said, it is dead.” Jackson Carman will be fine, but definitely a bad way and time to support a friend.



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