Recruiting Confidential: A Father, a Son, and Big-Time College Football

Recruiting Confidential: A Father, a Son, and Big-Time College Football

by David Claerbaut
     
 

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This intriguing volume is an inside perspective on the big time college football recruiting process. The author's stepson is being heavily recruited by many Division I programs. In this book, this duo shares many of their recruitment experiences and include revelations about high profile programs' recruiting tactics.See more details below

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This intriguing volume is an inside perspective on the big time college football recruiting process. The author's stepson is being heavily recruited by many Division I programs. In this book, this duo shares many of their recruitment experiences and include revelations about high profile programs' recruiting tactics.

Editorial Reviews

Oxford Eagle
It offers the story we don't get to see very often unless we personally know someone who is being recruited by the 'big boys.' In short, Recruiting Confidential is just that—an inside look at something we read about, hear about and wonder about.
— Don Whitten
Chicago Sun-Times
Velissaris' recruiting tale has many twists and turns, and every athlete dealing with big-time recruiting can probably learn something from his story.
— Steve Tucker
Chicago Tribune
...an interesting read. Velissaris emerges as an honest, if tactiturn, soul in a somewhat dishonest world.
— Barry Temkin
New York Post
Insider politics, personal grudges and dishonesty can all be factors that make college recruits feel confused. David Claerbaut's new book informs and empowers families of would-be recruits in his story of how his stepson James is pursued through his junior and senior years of high school. It takes you behind the scenes of the Midwest college football recruiting machine and shows how the top programs really select their talent.
— Nick Parish
Iron Mountain Daily News
High school athletes and their parents, high school and college coaches and anyone else interested in the world of recruiting should make Recruiting Confidential a must read...
— Burt Angeli
Washington Post Book World
Claerbaut weaves a suspenseful yarn about Velissaris weighing his various scholorship options. In the process, Claerbaut has opportunities to expose the absurd nature of big-time recruiting, which features grown men who happened to be college football coaches calling Velissaris at home and solicitously inquiring, "Hello is James there?
— Sean Callahan
Erie Times-News
Claerbaut takes readers inside the process and its absurdities through the experiences of his stepson, James. Claerbaut names names and points fingers, all the while attempting to point out what's wrong with the recruiting world today. The story will be of interest to any athlete, parent, or fan who wants to know more about getting from here to "there".
Chicago Sun-Times - Steve Tucker
Velissaris' recruiting tale has many twists and turns, and every athlete dealing with big-time recruiting can probably learn something from his story.
Chicago Tribune - Barry Temkin
...an interesting read. Velissaris emerges as an honest, if tactiturn, soul in a somewhat dishonest world.
The Dallas Morning News - Steve Powers
Recruiting Confidential is an intriguing look at the world of college recruiting, but most interesting is the personal story of James and his stepdad as they slowly negoiate the proces of deciding which college is best for James.
Oxford Eagle> - Don Whitten
It offers the story we don't get to see very often unless we personally know someone who is being recruited by the 'big boys.' In short, Recruiting Confidential is just that—an inside look at something we read about, hear about and wonder about.
New York Post - Nick Parish
Insider politics, personal grudges and dishonesty can all be factors that make college recruits feel confused. David Claerbaut's new book informs and empowers families of would-be recruits in his story of how his stepson James is pursued through his junior and senior years of high school. It takes you behind the scenes of the Midwest college football recruiting machine and shows how the top programs really select their talent.
Iron Mountain Daily News - Burt Angeli
High school athletes and their parents, high school and college coaches and anyone else interested in the world of recruiting should make Recruiting Confidential a must read...
Washington Post Book World - Sean Callahan
Claerbaut weaves a suspenseful yarn about Velissaris weighing his various scholorship options. In the process, Claerbaut has opportunities to expose the absurd nature of big-time recruiting, which features grown men who happened to be college football coaches calling Velissaris at home and solicitously inquiring, "Hello is James there?"
Chicago Parent - Brad Spencer
Recruiting Confidential is the book to help prepare you and your sports phenom for the wicked ride of college recruiting.
Library Journal
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 Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589790254
Publisher:
Taylor Trade Publishing
Publication date:
11/15/2003
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.73(d)

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