In lieu of putting together a highlight reel, attending college football recruiting camps are among the best ways to get a prospective college to notice a would-be recruit. But after one viral clip from a camp garnered some criticism, Kirk Herbstreit had a strong message for their proponents.
On Thursday, Ohio State defensive end Chase Young reposted a clip of offensive lineman Julian Armella ripping a defender down by his back. While the recruiting camp – GoGetItFYT – praised the move, Young was not amused.
“This isn’t blocking… lol,” he wrote in a retweet. Young’s disappointment in the video has been shared by a wide variety of NFL stars and analysts.
But while most people are criticizing the play in question, it looks like Herbstreit has drawn a line in the sand on the entire process.
Retweeting Young’s message, Herbstreit called it “ridiculous” to celebrate plays like that. He asserted that college football recruiting camps are “trying their best to ruin the sport.”
Ridiculous to celebrate this. These camps are trying their best to ruin the sport. https://t.co/tAxiZHRfIR
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) February 13, 2020
There are certainly a number of warranted criticisms for these types of camps.
Bleacher Report wrote a fascinating column on pros and cons of them back in 2013.
Ultimately, as long as recruiting camps offer value to some prospects, they probably aren’t going anywhere.
Do you agree with Herbstreit’s stance on college football recruiting camps?