Kirk Herbstreit Got A Metaphorical Sock Shoved In His Mouth By A Heavily Sought After 5-Star Recruit
I can't believe I am going to say this, but I think I actually feel bad for Kirk Herbstreit in this instance. All he was trying to do was blindly stand up for the personnel decisions of his Alma Mater while playing the role of the heavy handed, overly critical father figure to a bunch of talented 18 year old kids that he's never even met, and his one mistake just happened to be fatal. Poor guy thought he was falling in line with the mission statement of college football by putting any teenager with an opinion in "their place", and he chose the one time in which the most high profile of those teenagers hold all the cards to do so. Timing is everything, and the ESPN analyst's failure to recognize that 'National Signing Day' is still five months away just got him shoved in a goddamn locker by a high schooler.
I honestly do understand where he coming from in saying that you probably shouldn't put down players that you might hypothetically share a locker room with (even though J.T. Barrett's status as a 5th year senior makes that impossible in this case). However, until that 'Letter Of Intent' is signed in proverbial blood it's probably best to prioritize getting him in said locker room before worrying about the potentially awkward dynamics of it. We are talking about the #1 offensive line prospect in the entire nation here. Until any one of the hundreds of universities that would gladly take ownership of the right to exploit him for unpaid labor wins the pissing contest that is the recruitment process, the world of college football is essentially Jackson Carman's (@Jackthejiant) oyster. Best not to get the school you're emotionally invested in shucked to the side because you tried to silence a kid who is well aware of his short-lived leverage and wise beyond his years. Considering he's not yet a D1 athlete, he still has rights and they include the ability to think for himself without getting muted by a self appointed authoritative figure.