travis12
Gotta like the involvement and excellent responses to the questions so far. Keep up the good work folks! We'll accept entries until 10 am tomorrow. Today's question relates to the big news of the day about Vander Blue de-committing from the University of Wisconsin:

If you were a Division 1 recruit (in any sport), what things would you consider to be most important when choosing a school and why? Also, when would you look to make your decision?
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Mr. Guru_old
First and foremost, I wouldn't make my decision until I was comfortable with my choice, and knew it was one I could stick with, even if it takes until signing day. Now saying that, being a D1 athlete there would be 3 things what would matter to me. First off would be the coach I'm playing for. I'm there not only to play ball, but learn to become a better player. The coaches that are the best teachers would be high on my list. Secondly, I need a school with a good academic program for what I want to go to school for. I realize that most athletes who go to school, aren't going to end up pro. I do want to get a good education while I'm there, and if I'm getting it for free, that defiantly a plus. Finally, I want a place where my family is comfortable with me going to, and whether it be close or far away, a place where they have a chance to see me play, whether it be on tv, or being there.
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rodey
Might sound selfish, but playing time would be the most important thing to me. I enjoy playing the game of basketball more than I enjoy watching it. I never understand some of these guys that go to big time programs and do nothing but ride the bench. Yeah, you're getting to practice with a better team, watch big time national programs from the bench and get a top notch education, but you don't play. I'd rather go to a smaller school where I know I'd get playing time and I'd still get a quality college education.

As for when I'd decide, probably at the latest halfway through my senior season.
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derek_old
1. $$$
2. Cars
3. Girls

Just kidding, but seriously, it happens all over college football and basketball.
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bb211
Honestly, my choice would have very little to do with the actual team I would play for. I know I'd never become a professional caliber athlete even if I worked harder at sports, so if I was at the D1 level I'd use my athletics to get into the best school possible. College is only 4 years of your life, but everything after that is more important and can be greatly influenced by your alma mater.

I'd pick my school based on its academic prestige and how good of a fit it seemed like to me personally, i.e. if I could see myself living there and calling it home. I think sports are a great tool to use to get into some amazing schools you might not otherwise be able to with grades. If I toured a Harvard or Princeton and loved the campus I would easily go to that school over a powerhouse in my sport. I'd still probably have a great time based on the vibe I got on my tour, and my life options would be amazing once I left.

So basically, I'd go to the best academic school that I could see myself spending 4 years of my life at. When I picked my school, I used this philosophy (only for me, the schools I got into with grades were better than the schools that wanted me for sports). Ultimately, I chose to go to Madison as a regular student over being an athlete at Eau Claire, and I have yet to regret my choice. As for when I'd announce, probably once I knew what school fit me. I wouldn't be concerned about getting better offers once I found the place that fit right, so I wouldn't see the point in waiting.
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Girls.

ASAP.

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quinnster10
I would either play for Minnesota or UNC and if none of them wanted me, I would go to Europe and play for 1 year and then enter the NBA draft even if I was a bench player in Europe. I would wait to make my decision John Wall style. I would tell everyone I am the greatest, I would immediately challenge anyone who questioned that, I would tell whoever is recruiting me that I am uncoachable and I will probably be convicted of crimes throughout my time there. In the end it would just be an amazing experience for everyone who came into contact with me. Oh and whenever a team called me to offer me a scholarship, I would yell "YOU CAN PUT IT ON THE BOARD, YES!!! I only bring that up because I hate how those clowns say that for the White Sox and I had to hear last night against the Twins.

In actuallity my answers to this question were posted above so I just decided to go a different direction.
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jtownsupporter
There are a few things, first I wouldn't make a decision public until I'm sure that the school is where I want to go and spend the next 4/5 years of my life. I would take into consideration my family and their feelings on the school/coach etc.

I would really take a look at the facilities involved. An example would be not just the stadium/arena that the team plays at, but their training facilities, sports medicine etc. The U of Oregon (obviously with help from Phil Knight) has great facilities as well as other ones. This is something that I would take into consideration because I would want to feel comfortable at the place. Along these lines is the atmosphere. If I'm looking at the U of Minnesota compared to the U of Wisconsin....I don't know how jacked up I would be playing in the dome compared to camp randall (for football).

Academics. This is huge because I'm a firm believer in the student-athlete. Will the place provide me with a degree or a program of my choice that will allow me to succeed in life after my sport? What are their classes like? What is the academic support staff like? Requirements for admission/coursework?

Depth Chart/Playing Time. While playing early wouldn't be a necessity the chance to be a starter within the first 2 years is essential. The more exposure and experience a player gets at the college level, the greater chance of advancement. If I'm coming in as a running back and they just recruited a 5 star or are stacked at that position for the next couple of years...it might make it tough to pick that school.

The coach. Do they have a track record of sucess? How long have they been at the school/on the hot seat? If they've been there a while and have had success they most likely aren't leaving (assuming they're settled) or are they on the fence and may only be there for one more year? It would be important in developing players at my position for that sport to advance to the next level. How respected are they by their players and do they respect their players.
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coach40
If you were a Division 1 recruit (in any sport), what things would you consider to be most important when choosing a school and why? Also, when would you look to make your decision?

If I were to be recruited at a D1 school for any sport I would factor in five things. The first would be the level of scholorship I would receive. My family was not "rich" by any means so I would have to pay for some of my education if I were not to get 100%. Second, I would consider coaching. I want to have a coach that is like a father, cares what I do and how I do. I do not want a guy that is out to pad his resume and use me along the way. Third, education needs to be considered. For me this is almost the biggest one. In reality we all know that most college athletes do not make the pros, so I know I would need that diploma to make it after college. I would want a school that would have the type of program that would benefit me. Fourth, I would have to consider my family, especially my mom. I would want to be near them or have decent access to them. I know this would eliminate some programs that may be top notch, but winning is not everything in my book. Finally, I would have to look at playing time. Like someone said on here I would not want to ride the pine too much. I would want to be involved, however, I do know that a team is only as good as their last player!
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brewcitylegend
1. What chance do I have of playing my freshman year and for the other three/four years through a progression? The school that allows me the opportunity to play the most early and often is the one where I feel I will be able to improve day by day.

2. The atmosphere of the school/students/athletic department/city. If there is a buzz, that's a good thing. The only negative is if many in the area do not care or there is a lot of violence or crime in the area.

3. Competition of the school compared to the rest of the conference. If my school is already competitive and the top of the conference and I can play every game - they have me. If the school is an "up and coming team" with some cool kids and a good coach, being average or slightly below average is fine with me.

-note- I played college baseball for a small and not very talented school in Illinois. We competed and also got slaughtered. We won about 1/5 of our games my first year and 1/4 our second year. However, I walked on and was able to play in about half of the games, despite my ability fading with a college beer belly and a shoulder that had been thrown out in high school. Having this experience is the reason I choose these three things in the order of importance.
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travis12
j_townsupporter wrote:


There are a few things, first I wouldn't make a decision public until I'm sure that the school is where I want to go and spend the next 4/5 years of my life. I would take into consideration my family and their feelings on the school/coach etc.

I would really take a look at the facilities involved. An example would be not just the stadium/arena that the team plays at, but their training facilities, sports medicine etc. The U of Oregon (obviously with help from Phil Knight) has great facilities as well as other ones. This is something that I would take into consideration because I would want to feel comfortable at the place. Along these lines is the atmosphere. If I'm looking at the U of Minnesota compared to the U of Wisconsin....I don't know how jacked up I would be playing in the dome compared to camp randall (for football).

Academics. This is huge because I'm a firm believer in the student-athlete. Will the place provide me with a degree or a program of my choice that will allow me to succeed in life after my sport? What are their classes like? What is the academic support staff like? Requirements for admission/coursework?

Depth Chart/Playing Time. While playing early wouldn't be a necessity the chance to be a starter within the first 2 years is essential. The more exposure and experience a player gets at the college level, the greater chance of advancement. If I'm coming in as a running back and they just recruited a 5 star or are stacked at that position for the next couple of years...it might make it tough to pick that school.

The coach. Do they have a track record of sucess? How long have they been at the school/on the hot seat? If they've been there a while and have had success they most likely aren't leaving (assuming they're settled) or are they on the fence and may only be there for one more year? It would be important in developing players at my position for that sport to advance to the next level. How respected are they by their players and do they respect their players.


From a very high quality list of submissions, this has been chosen as the winner due to strong reasoning and explaining of the issues. Very well done by all, and I got a good chuckle out of Quinnster's answer. Today's question will be up within an hour.
Brock Michael Wilson -- 6/30/2011; 9 lbs, 13 oz & 21 in

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pinetar
Haven't had much time to post on any of the other questions, but I'll give this one a shot.

When it comes to what I would look for in a D1 SCHOOL...first and foremost would be the education believe it or not...even as a D1 recruit, chances of me going onto the next level are not good so I want that education to fall back on...now when I look at a D1 program, I would look for team cohesivness when I visited and from there I'd look at the facilities the team uses/plays in...and last I would need to look at the fan base and make sure they care about the sport I'm going to be playing and they are very into college athletics

those are my 3 main choices of what to look for in a D1 School/Program...

A school that is top notch in academics
A program that is fun to play on and yet has great success
A fan base that is into the sports and bring more energy to the game I'm playing to keep me motivated and better myself
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