I spent a few minutes last week talking to South Carolina defensive line coach Brad Lawing about recruiting. It was an interesting conversation about his years on the road recruiting for three Southern universities.
You can see that story in Wednesday’s edition of The State and right here on GoGamecocks.com in a few hours. Until then, I wanted to touch on a couple of recruiting-related things Lawing said that didn’t fit into the story.
The first and most interesting was his concerns about the increasingly fast recruiting calendar. As early commitments have become the norm rather than the exception, college coaches are forced to make earlier and earlier offers to high school players.
“A lot of times, in my opinion, we are making more mistakes,” Lawing said. “We are evaluating a kid from his freshman year and sophomore year, and sometimes they don’t pan out. Sometimes they don’t pan out character-wise and sometimes they don’t grow.”
Another side effect of the early commitment is that January feels a lot different for college coaches.
Just a few years ago, January was the nail-biting month as coaches worked their area trying to seal the deal with most of their prospects. These days, the heavy lifting is done by the end of the football season. January has become what Lawing called a “maintenance” month.
“You go around making sure they are on track to get qualified and making sure they don’t feel like they are getting ignored or anything and continuing to develop that relationship that you’re going to have with them the next four years,” Lawing said.