Bill Simmons, ESPN's Sportsguy, pointed out this fascinating series from the Miami Herald. It follows the college recruiting trips of Willie Williams, ranked sixth among high school football players nationwide.
A gifted outside linebacker with a 3.0 GPA and a 1070 SAT, Willliams is flown on private jets, feted like a king, and shown the sights. The ritual presentation of a team jersey with his name and number to wear as prospective colleges take him through mock team introductions at their respective stadiums gives you a glimpse of the psychological warefare at play in college recruiting.
Thus far, Williams has visited:
Just read it.
Today is the National Signing Day for highschool recruits, I'll update this when the next article is posted.
UPDATE: Herald.com: Williams Picks Miami
UPDATE to the UPDATE: Somehow they missed this!