How do I research what other athletes a college is recruiting for football or basketball? Is this worth doing when seeking an offer?

How do I research what other prospects a college is recruiting?Think about how difficult it would be as a national recruit in the early 1990s.  Let’s just say that you were rated a top 150 recruit by a magazine and had football coaches from all over the country trying to sign you.  If you were from Texas, schools like Notre Dame, Nebraska, Miami, Oklahoma, and other powerhouses at that time were doing everything they could to end up with you on their roster.  These coaches could say whatever they want to you as a recruit and you were extremely limited on being able to do any fact checking.

If Nebraska offered you a scholarship and was telling you that you are their number one recruit and that they are not recruiting any other running backs, how would you verify that in the early 1990s?  Well, the good news is that with the expansion of the Internet things have changed greatly in the past two decades.  This has made things much easier for recruits to check in on who else their favorite schools are recruiting.  As a football recruit (or a recruit for any other sport), it makes things much easier on your end these days.

The advantage of having the power of the Internet is that there are so many sites that you can look into that can help provide you with a great deal of information about which schools are recruiting what kids.  If you were a good enough football recruit to hear from Urban Meyer of Florida and have an offer on the table, it takes thirty seconds to look up “Florida Rivals” on Google, click on the site, and then click on the commitment list.

If you were an offensive line recruit who currently held a scholarship from the Gators, you could find out pretty quickly that they already have four commitments from other offensive linemen.  All four of these linemen have video highlights on the site as well so if you are a subscriber of Rivals, you can even see how your eventual competition stacks up to you on the field.  The Internet is a great thing!

The reason why I bring this up is because a user recently commented about how their grandson would be taking an official visit to Memphis for football recruiting.  If the family wants to know who else Memphis is after, there are a few things to really look into.  And each of these can give you a better feel for the recruiting picture at the school.  The added bonus is also finding out if coaches are being completely honest with you during the courting process.  Here are a few places to go to look up information:
Because Memphis is not a major player (outside of hoops of course), their sites with and may not be as strong as a Florida or a Texas.  It really just depends on the school but the first thing I would do for Division I programs is type in the school name and Rivals or Scout into Google and get to their home page.  Here is the Rivals site and here is the Scout site.

For these sites, it appears that the site is updated more often and better overall.  So if you visit the site, you can quickly see that the Tigers have ten recruits committed in the Class of 2013.  For most of the bigger sites that are updated everyday, they area dead on with the commitment list.  But for a site like Memphis for football, there is a chance that they may be missing out on a few prospects.  That type of thing just happens for these sites that are not in BCS conferences.

Independent Message Boards
One of the best sources of information on Division I-AA football programs is independent message boards that are not linked to Rivals or Scout.  These forums have the true fans living there and they love to link articles with mentions of their school and the recruiting process.  They scour newspapers all over the country, Rivals, Scout, ESPN, and just about everywhere else to provide information.

If you wanted to learn more about the recruiting of Cal Poly and if you were really the only tight end they offered, finding an independent message board with information about them is a great help.  These schools may not always have a Rivals/Scout site but their true fans usually step up with an independent message board that is trafficked everyday.

Local Newspaper Sites
Most college programs love to have news of their commitments be public.  That is why most programs at any level love to let information sneak out about the latest commitment.  If there is a beat writer that covers Memphis, look up the local paper and see if you can find anything.  For a school the size of Memphis, there really is a lot of information about there regarding their football recruiting.  You just have to be a sleuth with the ability and skills to find it.

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