Coaches explain how they recruit players who have already committed to another program

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Recruiting a player that has already committed to another program can be a tricky subject that forces coaches and staffs to walk a fine line.

Do you continue to recruit him aggressively in hopes that he flips (as 17 and 18 year old kids are known to do this time of year)? Or do you back off and trust that the kid makes the decision in his best interest, and if it's meant to be he'll come back around?

That's the dilemma that college coaches and recruiting departments encounter on an almost daily basis. With signing day less than a week away, the ante continues to rise in hopes of signing a strong class.

Dan Mullen explains the approach he and his staff take on the subject to

"We will meet as a staff when someone commits and we'll say 'Give him a week or two after he commits to a school to let all the hype and craziness settle down,' and then call them. If they don't want us to recruit them anymore, then we won't."

"Do we recruit guys committed elsewhere? Yes. But not guys who don't want to be at our school. I don't want a guy who doesn't want to be here, or be here for the wrong reasons."

MTSU head coach Rick Stockstill is among a handful of coaches that believes that once a recruit commits, he stops taking his visits to other programs.

"To me, you can't be committed and continue to take visits. A lot of people do that --probably more do it than don't -- but if you are honest as a coach you are committed to us, we've committed to you. If you are going to visit, we have to continue to recruit your position."

As I remember one coach saying a few years ago, being committed is like being married, you can't go out on visits/dates after you're married.

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