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Heated recruiting battles lead to awkward moments

Greg Mattison AP

With National Signing Day coming up (Wednesday, February 5) recruiting battles are coming down the final stretch with heated recruiting battles being fought this weekend. For many of the top rated recruits around the country, some awkward moments are bound to happen.

One of the top pliers in the state of Michigan recently experienced one of those moments once a recruiting dead period had been lifted b the NCAA. Malik McDowell, from Michigan, had assistant coaches form Michigan, Michigan State and Alabama waiting for a chance to talk with him recently, but apparently one coach could not wait to get his turn for a one-on-one conversation. According to a story shared by McDowell to the Detroit Free Press, Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison walked in and interrupted a conversation between McDowell and Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi.

“Michigan State was here, then Michigan came, they just walked right in and sat down,” McDowell said to the Detroit Free Press. “That was pretty funny. I was just sitting there watching … (Coach) Narduzzi was sitting right here. It just all stopped. Then (Mattison) was like, ‘Oh, is this a bad time?’ It made me laugh.”

Last week assistant coaches from Florida (Joker Phillips and DJ Durkin) and Florida State (Charles Kelly) attended a high school basketball game with the family of Georgia defensive end Lorenzo Carter. The coaches sat on opposite ends of the family at the basketball game, which made for a humorous shot captured by The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

“It was a little awkward at first, but then you just relax,” Carter’s mother, Lisa, told the AJC. “They’re people, we’re people, and you just have normal conversation. It will all work out how it supposed to in the end. But they are good people at Florida and Florida State. Both sides have great coaches. I enjoy talking to both of them. They have funny stories.”

This weekend figures to be just waiting for more recruiting awkwardness around the country, with this being the final full weekend coaches will be able to make their sales pitches before National Signing Day.

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10 Responses to “Heated recruiting battles lead to awkward moments”
  1. afrancis55 says: Jan 31, 2014 8:45 PM

    Here’s another potential “awkward moment” this weekend:

    Rahsaan Evan’s family invited Coach Malzahn over to celebrate Rashaan’s grandfather’s 85th birthday, and apparently Kirby Smart has decided to invite himself over to the party. Not only is that awkward, but that is unfair to the Evans family.

  2. afrancis55 says: Jan 31, 2014 8:46 PM

    That should say Rashaan, not “Rahsaan.” My mistake.

  3. dkhhuey says: Jan 31, 2014 8:48 PM

    Sorry boys but I’m betting they both lose out to Urban!

  4. classyjacklambert says: Jan 31, 2014 9:08 PM

    Yeah cause Urban Meyer will be like “hey man, we can get you out of most major and all minor criminal offense from the time you enter until the time you leave college” and he will either be like “for real”? Or “nah I’m good on getting a suspension before I ever get drafted” most players are impressed by the power at first though unfortunately.

  5. dkhhuey says: Jan 31, 2014 9:10 PM

    Still bitter and angry eh jackass?

  6. cometkazie says: Jan 31, 2014 9:20 PM

    Mrs. Carter’s account is the most refreshing recruiting comment I’ve heard in a long time.

  7. derekgorgonstar says: Jan 31, 2014 9:35 PM

    Urban Meyer and THE ohio state penitentiary.

  8. classyjacklambert says: Feb 1, 2014 3:50 AM

    Why would I be bitter or angry? My team beat yours in the orange bowl. Urban Meyer just has a history of other than moral behavior.

  9. theflyingtad says: Feb 1, 2014 8:00 AM

    “One of the top pliers in the state of Michigan recently experienced one of those moments once a recruiting dead period had been lifted b the NCAA.”

    Proofread much?

  10. 1historian says: Feb 1, 2014 2:05 PM

    theflyingtad – you beat me to the punch, just like those assistant coaches form Michigan, Michigan State and Alabama.

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