J.L. Mann basketball standout Damien Leonard had already called USC coach Darrin Horn and committed to the Gamecocks last month.
Though Leonard wasn't ready for the news to go public, it leaked out. A reporter called Leonard to verify his pledge, and perhaps showing his naivety with the media, Leonard confirmed his commitment but asked the reporter to wait several days to release it.
Less than an hour later, several other media organizations were calling Leonard to confirm as well. The original reporter had released Leonard's confirmation minutes after hanging up the phone.
The school ultimately decided to cancel a small press conference where Leonard was scheduled to announce his commitment, which kept him from enjoying his rightful moment in the limelight. A laidback, unassuming teenager, Leonard wasn't bothered by the broken promise.
However, his situation begs the question: Does the insatiable recruiting appetite of fans, which is fed by an expanding, specialized group of media members, take the fun out of the process for the players themselves? Mann coach Jeff Craft thinks so.
"We were just going to have something here that was very low key," Craft said. "We wanted something people could come to, and that would have been kind of nice. But once the word kind of got out, he said coach, 'Let's just get this thing over with.'"
These days it's not difficult to find players that tire of the recruiting process quickly. Much of their down time is spent talking to college coaches from around the country. If they are being recruited by high-profile schools, there is a good chance they'll have multiple interview requests from different media members each week.
Some players resort to either not answering their phones or changing their numbers. But even then it can be difficult to escape the recruiting spotlight.
Myrtle Beach quarterback Everett Golson, a North Carolina commitment, was being hounded with so many calls last year that he asked coach Mickey Wilson to step in and ask media outlets, all competing to break the latest scoop, to give him some privacy.
"I think it depends on the kid more than anything," Wilson said. "Some kids enjoy the process, and there are some kids that don't so much. It makes it fun for the fans, because there are media outlets constantly covering it.
"In our situation, Everett is not a kid that enjoys the media limelight and all the attention. From his standpoint, it gets old after awhile. But there are kids that enjoy it and can handle it."
And there are certainly players that are benefitting from it.
South Pointe defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, the nation's top recruit, changed his number before the season began due to excessive calls from coaches and media members. Although the demands on his time are excessive, the extra attention has likely helped put some of his teammates and even some of the players he plays against on the recruiting radar.
"More [media members] give more opportunties for more kids," Mallard Creek (N.C.) coach Mike Palmieri said. "I think the more you can get your kids out there and the more people there are trying to help your kids get their names out there, the more it will benefit them. As long as they do it the right way and don't break any rules, I think it's great having people calling."