IF YOU WERE A BLUE CHIP…
Hypothetically, if you were a blue chip senior high school recruit (I stress hypothetically), where would you choose to play college football if you had your pick? Granted your decision may depend on the position you play, but for the sake of argument let’s just focus on the school/town itself before we talk X’s and O’s. Ok, get yourself in the frame of an 18 year old male’s mind (it may be more difficult for some of you old blue hairs).
The shallow part of me thinks that a high school blue chipper would prefer his “W’s” to represent weather and women before wins. However, as I take a look at the BCS top 25, I have to scratch my head a bit and wonder how in the hell some of these teams are still relevant. When I was in the 5th grade, Mr. Weisheit, asked the class to list the top 5 places we would like to live when we grow up. I don’t specifically remember what I wrote down but I can guarantee that none of the five places included the states of Oklahoma, Alabama, Michigan,Wisconsin, Idaho, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, or Texas. So why are schools residing in these states still dominating college football? After giving it some thought, I have realized that 18 year olds are not quite as superficial as I thought… well at least in their priorities. There are several reasons why these schools continue to excel in athletics, ranging from financial, media exposure, to sentimentality. I have compiled the top factors of choosing an institute of higher learner from a 2011 football player’s perspective:
- BCS contender: Does your school have the potential to win a National title annually?
- Loyalty: My Grandfather was a Badger, my father was a Badger, my brother was a Badger, I grew up rooting for the Badgers, and therefore I want to become a Badger.
- NFL potential: Are you going to give me the chance to get drafted/paid?
- Climate: Can I wear shorts year-round or will I be playing in that cold white substance that falls from the sky?
- Scenery (both landscape and women): Can the girls wear shorts year-round? And do I even want to see that?
- Spotlight: How many National televised games will we play?
- Tradition: Why are those nuts ringing cowbells?
- Fan support: Is there going to be 100,000 butts in the seats?
- Style (colors, uniforms, sponsors): How good will I look?
- Facilities: How big are the big screens in the locker room?
- How far from home?: Can my family come watch me play?
- Head Coach: Have I heard of you before?
- Academics: Does your school offer a degree in communications?
I still firmly believe that weather and women have a lot to do with a blue chipper choosing a school, but if that were the only, or even the main criteria, then explain to me why someone would choose Stillwater, Oklahoma over sunny Southern California? Hmmm, beautiful weather, Hollywood, Snoop and Will Ferrell frequent your locker room, close enough to the beach, gorgeous women, a rich tradition of Heisman trophy winners, NFL stars, and National Championships (revoked or not). I feel that a visit to campus alone would sell me.
Notre Dame: Tradition, Rudy, Touchdown Jesus, South Bend, Indiana???
Nebraska: (Or any mid-west school for that matter): Tradition, Heismans, National Championships, cornfields, cold/windy winters.
Penn State: Linebacker U, Joe Pa (enough said)
Florida State: Again, warm weather, savory women (See Jen Sterger photo above, or just ask Bret Favre), and not to mention the best looking helmets in all of football.
Oregon: The Pacific Northwest, unlimited nike money/facilities/equipment/women/and a modern tradition of winning and being in the spotlight.
LSU: Unmatched fan base, titles, NFLers, and oh yeah Winning duh
I could run down the long list of schools and make a case for each one but instead I’ll repeat the question and allow you freaks to answer it below in the comments. If you were a blue chip senior high school recruit where would you choose to play college football if you had your pick? and tell me why.