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How many coaches use 3rd party recruiters? “99.9% of us”


Gary Parrish of wrote a piece earlier this afternoon that included among other things, a fairly staggering quote from an anonymous coach. As with any anonymous quote and high number thrown out with such certainty– it doesn’t necessarily mean it should be taken as fact. But Parrish talked with one college coach on Tuesday following the sanctions levied upon Central Florida concerning third-party recruiters, such as Ken Caldwell, and this is what he had to say:

“To have a chance to get a really good player, you’d better have somebody on the inside helping you, but Ken Caldwell was dumb,” one college coach told me Tuesday after the NCAA announced sanctions against UCF that included a post-season ban. “I’d say 99.9% of us [have used third-party recruiters]. How else do you get a player? But Caldwell was sloppy. I mean, what’s the difference between Ken Caldwell and World Wide Wes? The difference is that one is smart and one is dumb. One is on Twitter and one isn’t.”

The 99.9% seems like an exaggeration to me. I can’t imagine that every coach in the world of college sports uses third-party recruiters.  But feel free to read the article and judge for yourselves.


Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

12 Comments for How many coaches use 3rd party recruiters? “99.914f us”

  1. Scott Cooper
    7:10 pm July 31, 2012 Permalink

    We all recruit for our teams by wearing merchandise but the NCAA gets the money from that.

  2. DCS195
    7:15 pm July 31, 2012 Permalink

    What do you think all of those AAU coaches that are being hired by big time programs are doing to earn their pay?

  3. Big Blue 66
    7:16 pm July 31, 2012 Permalink

    the AAU circuit is crazy corrupt. Between the shoes companies (which drive most of it) and the AAU team organizations, that is where all the problems start. And if you are a top player, you basically have to be seen in AAU.

  4. Exhausted
    7:20 pm July 31, 2012 Permalink

    It’s about time. I have posted this link 4 times today.

  5. Reality
    7:23 pm July 31, 2012 Permalink

    If you are a top flight, one and done recruit, someone is likely getting paid for your commitment. Even the runner/agents that send kids to lowly schools like UCF are paying handlers. Glad Wes is on our side. But anyone who thinks this guy is clean is nuts. He is just very good at what he does. Cal was smart to become his “friend.”

  6. StopHammerTime
    7:29 pm July 31, 2012 Permalink

    I hate the Tards. But just want to say congrats to Chris Smith. He just inked a two year, guaranteed deal with the Knicks. Not bad. Not like this kid was a 5 star burger boy. He was a 2 star walk on.

  7. Smyrna_Cat
    7:30 pm July 31, 2012 Permalink

    Lame article by Parrish. Lazy. 99.9%? Really? The whole “anonymous coach says everyone does it” is lame.

  8. I agree
    7:31 pm July 31, 2012 Permalink

    5) No doubt some of Cal’s recruits have come here because of Wes and his connections. Glad we have him as well.

  9. 44 Stitches
    7:44 pm July 31, 2012 Permalink

    No way 99.9% of division 1 teams are doing this. There is over 300 D1 teams. No chance this go on, on a regular basis at lower tier D1 conference’s like the Patriot, Big Sky, America East,

  10. Big Blue 66
    7:45 pm July 31, 2012 Permalink

    the colleges dont necessarily carry cash in a bag and buy a player, the shoe companies, especially after Jordan, feel they can not miss on the next guy. They pay and support AAU teams from 10yr olds an up to ensure kids are wearing their brand. Then they team up with colleges, like UK and UNC are Nike schools, UL and UCLA are Adidas. They want the players in their shoes as long as possible. People from the shoes companies are recruiters for their branded AAU teams. Consultants for a Nike recruiter trying to get a kid to a Nike AAU team can easily make $150K and big time guys make much more. They get locked in on these kids and sometimes, many times will “support” kids in order to keep them with their respective shoe sponsored AAU team. Then when they are leaving the AAU circuit, they steer them towards their shoe college…..(see Muhammed to UCLA) but it works with which ever school and whatever shoe brand. And when they have a star, they try to get them where they are seen the most….and seen while wearing their shoes. Theres a reason Nike makes shoes in 3rd world countries for a buck and a half a pair, but they retail for $150……its like programs the govt sponsors with $2000 hammers or $3000 toilet seats.

  11. 44 Stitches
    7:48 pm July 31, 2012 Permalink

    #9…. got posted by my kid tapping on my laptop before I was finished. This is nothing new but no way 99.9% of the school’s have 3rd party’s helping out under the table.

  12. Dave in Bangkok
    8:21 am August 1, 2012 Permalink

    There is no doubt in my mind that every lat one of the Major D1 schools in one way or another compensate runners of some sort.

    AAU coaches, rap stars, marketers, shoe companies, boosters and many others are in on the scam. Anyone who thinks otherwise is deluded.

    I’m sure that it’s done to a lesser degree at the smaller schools as well.