Posted January 27, 2014

Florida and FSU assistants awkwardly recruit Lorenzo Carter at basketball game

Florida Gators, Florida State Seminoles, Recruiting
Lorenzo Carter

Lorenzo Carter, of Norcross, Ga., is the third-ranked defensive end in the class of 2014. (Mark LoMoglio/Icon SMI)

Recruiting is just so, so weird. With National Signing Day fast approaching, coaches often put the full-court press on prospects — and sometimes resort to last-gasp measures to show kids they really care. Recently, assistants from both Florida and Florida State went up to the state of Georgia to attend Lorenzo Carter’s basketball game. Carter is the 36th-ranked overall recruit, and the third-ranked defensive end, in the class of 2014, according to Rivals.com. He plays for Norcross High, a pretty good basketball program in its own right.

And, well, things got strange. Like Arrested Development-level awkward.

Via Michael Carvell of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

New Florida State defensive coordinator Charles Kelly sat next to Carter’s mother. Only a few feet away, Florida assistant Joker Phillips was strategically sitting next to Carter’s family.

Because there was such a small crowd for the road game at Mountain View High School, it was hard not to notice. It looked a little bit awkward from afar seeing all the rival coaches with different-colored shirts around Carter’s parents but it didn’t appear to be confrontational situation.

It was just another competitive day in the wacky world of recruiting.

Don’t get me wrong, the idea of being in a high school basketball gym with students and parents wearing one color, and coaches in two different sets of alternate colors surrounding a recruit’s family is great visual imagery. And it would make for some great situational comedy in the hands of a guy like Larry David. Honestly, though, it seems like the tactic probably wouldn’t help a program’s case very much.

I’m not a parent yet and won’t be for quite some time, but I wouldn’t go to my kid’s basketball game to talk to college coaches about my son’s recruitment. I’d go to watch him play. Having the assistants right there, strategically placed, would likely do more harm than good. To see them sitting across the bleachers or a few rows away, watching silently, eating a hot dog or whatever — that’s fine. Then they can come up, say hello, and let the prospect know they care. But the smothering, suffocating feeling of having them right there for two hours? Nope.

But hey, that’s #crootin.

18 comments
Anaximenes1
Anaximenes1

this superstar will end up at fla state--he want to play for titles, not lose a bunch of games to lowly teams like ga southern

tallaman87
tallaman87

I'll bet there are a million similar stories related to recruiting. I can see a recruit being ready to get this over with. 

yehonala04
yehonala04

The best Crootin story of opposing coaches in proximity to recruit; 1987-88- Charlie Ward is being sought by every program in the country. Two rows of pews are set aside at Wards family church in Thomasville ,Ga. for coaches who were present each Sunday for two years. They were attentive to their Christian duty. Nodded in approval to the Sermon with the Deacons and sang with full voice.and above all TITHED GREATLY in CASH !

Doug1
Doug1

Uh, so they paint this very nice mental image, but where is the actual picture?

alhmiel1
alhmiel1

Florida has to realize Weak Will isn't a very impressive head coach?

j7apple
j7apple

He'll end up at Georgia

alhmiel1
alhmiel1

Playing for weak Will Muschamp should not be an option  for any top player.

Mel
Mel

@alhmiel1As a Florida fan, I realized that his first year with the Gators. Still waiting for the school to grasp that concept...

HarshRealities
HarshRealities

@alhmiel1Muschamp Mustgo! Can't believe that Muschamp wasn't fired immediately after the lass to Georgia Southern.

yehonala04
yehonala04

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