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The negative side of the college recruiting process: Jahlil Okafor

Courtesy of sports illustrated.cnn.com
We all know the story in reference to Jahlil Okafor and Tyrus Jones leaning towards Duke wasn't true.  After all the source was from their AAU coach, Mike Irvin and not them. 
 
 
 I questioned that when the story came out.  I guess we were to assume that Coach Irvin was their official spokesperson.
 
Recently Okafor’s father, Chukwudi Okafor stated that was untrue and Okafor recently stated on twitter that he was tired of the rumors.
 
The thing about the media as well as social media is that everybody is trying to hit the homerun story first, rather than get some runners on base and hit grand slams.
 
Sometimes it takes time to develop a good story based on actual and factual information, but in the end, it is well worth it.
 
As it pertains to Okafor and Jones, a lot of people rode on this story without researching it or following up with them.
 
Depending on the source of information, social media is a great thing but it also has been used as a vessel to spread lies and rumors.
 
Recruiting can be a nasty business.  Coaches chasing 17 and 18 year old prospects around like Tom chasing Jerry.  Also a lot of Hanger-on’s in disguise as friends, in hopes of one day getting a payday off of their talent.
 
Even with all the negatives in the recruiting process, we all love to keep up with our favorite college programs progress in obtaining the next LeBron James or Andrew Luck.
 
This may be an exciting process for the fans, media and coaches but for the young men and women that are highly recruited, it can be very stressful.
 
We need to let the recruits enjoy the process because when they get to their respected programs, they will all realize that the honeymoon will be over and the media, coaches and fans will expect them to perform as forecast.
 
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3 Comments to The negative side of the college recruiting process: Jahlil Okafor:

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Jerry on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 5:33 PM
Come to Wake Forest!!!!
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Summer on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 8:26 PM
Keep dreaming Jerry!
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Summer on Sunday, August 18, 2013 8:03 PM
Woo Hoo Lets go Duke!!!
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