- Nov 12, 2011
First of all, getting middle school kids to come to your private high school is not really recruiting. As far as them coming to summer tournaments and talking to the varsity kids, then yes, that’s a problem that should be dealt with. But I think your 90% figure is quite high. Most private schools are Christian schools or small Catholic schools and they aren’t recruiting. Many of them do have the benefit of the kids playing together from grade school on up, but they’re not recruiting. I’m all for moving the schools that are caught recruiting up to the highest level or having separate classifications for public and private, but even if they did that, you’d then have certain public schools that win it every year and the other schools would complain.You talked about what goes on around Erie but you must not get out much other than that. As someone who has coached in Pennsylvania and Maryland I’ve been successful to the point where I’ve Coached in state championship games in basketball and baseball in both places I can tell you that the amount of private schools that actively recruit is over 90%. I could go to a youth league tournament on a Saturday in Pittsburgh and count a dozen private schools they’re talking to every 13 year old that they want to play for their school. Go watch a Beaver Valley red or black team in baseball and they’ll have five different private school coaches come to a midweek scrimmage.
As bad as that is it’s 10 times worse in the Philly suburbs. There are kids from Delaware New Jersey and Maryland playing for some of the Philly private schools. I took my high school basketball team from Maryland up to play in a summer showcase at Widener and in between games there were at least three private school coaches talking to my players. as a high school coach I have to go to these tournaments to watch my middle schoolers who should be coming to me just to ward off the private school coaches. I’m not even talking about the elite private schools like Dematha St. John’s or Gonzaga I’m saying even the B or c level teams that want to come and get kids who I will probably cut