By Paul Garrison, East Village Times: Lost in the factors that make up a recruiting class is the importance of the first commitment in a particular year. The athlete who makes the opening pledge to a program turns into a de facto leader of the entire group by virtue of announcing the decision before anyone else.
The rest of the school’s recruits will walk into a culture with norms the first few prospects created. If they are welcoming, prioritize communication, and are skilled at developing relationships, the team’s chemistry will be boosted for years to come.
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Lost in the factors that make up a recruiting class is the importance of the first commitment in a particular year. The athlete who makes the opening pledge to a program turns into a de
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