View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 2/17

Dion Clisso

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: February 17, 2015 - 4:33 PM



As national signing day was taking place earlier this month players from the 2016, 2017 and even a few from the 2018 class were already thinking about where they would play their college football.

It’s the process these days. Once one group signs those who follow recruiting are eagerly looking ahead to see what is next. It’s kind of who we are as a country these days. We don’t seem to be happy with what we have we are looking for the next big thing.

If that is what you are looking for there are several recruiting services that can quench that thirst for you. These services are designed to grade out talent and tell you who the top players are in each class from around the entire country.

If you’ve been a fan of PrepsKC you know that is not what we do. We cover high school football and not recruiting. We do publish our list of signings every year so fans can see where their favorite players are headed. That is it. If you are looking for star ratings or list of offers there are several great sites available to you.

In my mind recruiting coverage of high school players isn’t really coverage of high school football, it is the first part of covering college football. To give you an example the NFL Draft Combine and the Draft itself features former college players but it is all about professional football, not college.

With all of that in mind there was an interesting development in recruiting this week. One recruiting site had profiles of two sixth graders. Yes you heard me, sixth graders. The site has said publicly they are not out looking for players this young to profile only following where colleges have led them in the last few years.

Both of these players competed in a national camp for middle school players and were competing against eighth graders which garnered the notice.

There are so many ways I could go with this. I don’t know if there is enough space on this site or even the internet to delve into the details that make this comical, alarming, wrong, or any other adjectives you can think of.

Let’s just say I’m not for this. Wait on second thought my 4-year old is in the 95th percentile for height and can really spin his blue Nerf football. Maybe I should get the video online.