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Ole Miss ran their program into the ground because they signed players that didn't want to go there
08/16/12 01:35 AM
It very simple ladies and gentlemen, the story of Tobias Singleton is the latest in a long chapter of once highly recruited players leaving Ole Miss because, at the root of it all, they didn't want to go there in the first place.
The best way I can explain this phenomenon is by restating what I heard The Kang once say, "Cheating in recruiting does you no good, because at the end of the day, no matter what you offered to get the kid to come to your campus, when kids that don't want to be at your school struggle, they make excuses and blame others. However, when kids that want to be at your school struggle, they take accountability and find a way to get better."
The difference between these two mind sets is astronomical, and the main difference between the programs. The best player to come from that class was Donte Moncrief, and it is no surprise to me that he was the first one to commit that year and never wavered in his commitment. Why? Because Donte Moncrief wanted to be a Rebel, and in return for recruiting a player that actually wanted to be at Ole Miss, OM has gotten a very very good player that any SEC team would love to have.
Sure, there are exceptions, and I am sure I am going to hear many of them in this thread, but remember this is what The Kang said, and in general he is right.
So let this be a lesson OM fans, you can continue to pour money and influence into your recruiting efforts, but all it will lead you to is the shitter; again.
Always remember, what gets you beat isn't the players you don't sign, its the players you do sign that can't play or don't want to be there.
Disclaimer: Cam Newton is an exception, and at the end of the day I think he would have come to MSU, but had no problem going to Auburn. I other words, he didn't care where he went as long as he was going to the league.