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Random thoughts from the 'recruiting trail'

Ira Schoffel writes about his recent travels where he visited some South Florida high schools and some of FSU's commits and hopefuls. Here is a excerpt from Ira's story. "All in all, it was an enlightening experience. Going into the schools and seeing the challenges and opportunities that face these young student-athletes was an eye-opener. But one thing that really struck me was just how consuming the college football recruiting process has become. When I called Coach Berman and asked if I could come by, he said that was fine but then he warned me that he would have a steady stream of college coaches visiting as well. And sure enough, two coaches from one Division-I program arrived during our visit and the staff of an SEC school was coming by in the next hour. Berman's cell phone was ringing, his office phone was ringing ... and every few minutes, someone would pop into his office to ask a question or pass along information. Not every interruption was recruiting-related, but it certainly seemed that way. The scene was similar up at St. Thomas Aquinas, a school that sends scads of players (in all sports) to the next level every year. I passed the defensive coordinator of one state school on my way into the Raiders' athletic offices -- the incredibly impressive Smith Center -- and the offensive coordinator of another state school arrived while I was there. The coaches come and go in a steady blur. Recruiting is at a fever pitch right now, because there's only another week or so before National Signing Day. And it's almost surreal to watch all these coaches, wearing their university colors, strolling through the high school halls. One school secretary told me she loves this time of year because she gets to see all the "bling" on the college coaches' hands -- the massive gold rings that signify championships or bowl appearances." Click here to read the full story.

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