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http://msn.foxsports.com/cbk/story/6938958


    Eighth Grader Commits to USC

    For the second straight year, USC basketball coach Tim Floyd has received a verbal commitment from an eighth-grader.

    Ryan Boatwright, a speedy 5-foot-10, 145-pound rising freshman point guard from Illinois who has yet to make a decision on where he's headed for high school (he's choosing between East Aurora High and West Aurora High), accepted Floyd's scholarship offer while at USC's camp this past weekend.

    "They were the first one to show interest in Ryan," said Boatwright's father, Mike. "A lot of people have said Ryan isn't that good, but he went to USC's camp and played well."

    Boatwright played well enough that Floyd put forth a scholarship offer on the final day of camp. DePaul, Indiana and a few smaller schools had expressed interest, but USC was the first to step up with an offer.

    "It shocked me," Mike Boatwright said of the offer. "But Ryan loved it there and he decided on his own."

    "The campus is gorgeous," he added. "It's a private school and both myself and his mom were impressed with the academic standards at USC. That's really what got us."

    A year ago, Floyd and the Trojans staff stayed local and got a verbal pledge from then-14-year-old Dwayne Polee Jr., a 6-foot-6 forward who had yet to play his first high school game at Westchester High (Calif.).

    Mike Boatwright said the biggest concern surrounding his 14-year-old son's decision is the potential local reaction.

    "I'm tremendously concerned," he admitted. "It could get ugly as far as kids getting jealous. I also don't want it to get to his head. I want him to stay humble."


Once again from the Land of Principles comes another story of underage recruiting. Way to keep the streak alive USC!



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This was a big topic on Dan Patrick's radio show yesterday. Dan thought it opened the door for a lot of bad things, and the worst of it is, that it's just basically a big bag of nothing. It's not binding, and is all for show. So if this kid falls off, he's back where he started.

He brought up the idea of if a school offers such a scholarship, they should be bound to the offer, and if the kid offered scholarship doesn't work out, then the money committed to the kid would be a good deterrent for the future.

I think it's a bad idea myself, 8th grade is way too soon to determine if a kid is gonna be a good college player, hell, some of the best senior recruits go on and do very little in the college game.






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    Originally posted by Packman V2
    This was a big topic on Dan Patrick's radio show yesterday. Dan thought it opened the door for a lot of bad things, and the worst of it is, that it's just basically a big bag of nothing. It's not binding, and is all for show. So if this kid falls off, he's back where he started.

    He brought up the idea of if a school offers such a scholarship, they should be bound to the offer, and if the kid offered scholarship doesn't work out, then the money committed to the kid would be a good deterrent for the future.

    I think it's a bad idea myself, 8th grade is way too soon to determine if a kid is gonna be a good college player, hell, some of the best senior recruits go on and do very little in the college game.




My first thought was, well yeah let's make it ok if it's a binding agreement for the school. But that might even be worse. What kind of life would the kid have if he was bound to them? It's likely the school would end up trying to control his every move from that point on. Then what happens when a kid like that gets in an accident? Do they sue his parents for the time and money they've invested already?

Yeah better to just say zero contact and no scholarship offers to anyone until their junior season has started.
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Wait 'til LeBron James has a son; USC might offer him a scholarship right out of the womb.



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    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    Wait 'til LeBron James has a son; USC might offer him a scholarship right out of the womb.


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Yeah, right now it's almost to the point where I hope he can recover so he can live a productive, pain-free post-playing life. (But not quite. It's not like he's an NFL running back or anything, or has had spinal injuries).
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