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Recruiting confidential : a father, a son, and big time college football
Claerbaut, David.
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First Taylor Trade Pub. edition.
Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Taylor Trade Pub. ; [Place of publication not identified] : Distributed by National Book Network, [2003]

Physical Description:
viii, 268 pages ; 24 cm
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GV953.4 .C53 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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What is it like to be a heavily recruited high school football star? James and step-dad Dave learn the ins and outs of the college courting process and share their inside story in Recruiting Confidential. With all the controversy surrounding NCAA compliance breakdowns, booster bribes and big time pressure in coaches and athletic staffs to bring the best of the best to their institution, how do this father/son duo navigate the murky waters of big promises and big expectations? Claerbaut reveals in honest reflection how the schools go about bringing star players to their team, what impressed them and what turned them off to various coaches and campuses. As the journey to a college decision nears, father and son discover a bond that has developed and hopefully will grow as James announces to the world where he will spend his college days on and off the field."

Author Notes

David Claerbaut is the author of 10 books, including two Taylor titles:The NBA Abstract andDurocher's Cubs. He resides in Chicago, IL.

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Library Journal Review

Followers of college sports are familiar with the regular occurrence of university athletic programs being penalized for recruiting violations. What is not so well known is how murky the world of recruiting is, even when done according to the regulations. Claerbaut (Durocher's Cubs; The NBA Analyst) relates what he and his stepson, a star high school running back, experienced in the process of being recruited by some major university programs. He was inundated by mailings from schools that never physically contacted them, received nonbinding scholarship offers that evaporated at decision time, and was invited for a school visit and then ignored by the coaching staff. At the schools, they sometimes found suffering coaches, high-pressure sales techniques, and coaches leaving for a better opportunity at other schools. The author shows how this can be a tough world for inexperienced parents, let alone an 18-year-old, to understand and negotiate. At times the secondary story of the author building an enduring relationship with his introverted stepson gets in the way of the bigger tale, but overall it is a well-written account. Recommended for public libraries.-John Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.