The last month of the recruiting process can really take its toll on players who haven’t made a decision on where to play their college football, and four-star Ohio State wide receiver signee Binjimen Victor acknowledged as much.
Several schools were vying to land Victor in the last months before National Signing Day, but ultimately, it was the Buckeyes that won the Coconut Creek (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) High School product over.
Ohio State was not always the favorite to sign Victor. In fact, the 6-foot-4, 180-pounder gave a silent commitment to an SEC school before backing away from that pledge just days later.
Victor discussed that decision, who else almost landed him and what Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh put into his pocket in a recent conversation with SEC Country.
Q: What’s the biggest secret you kept during the recruiting process?
A: When I committed to Florida. It was a silent commitment. I didn’t tell anybody. The only people who knew were my mom and my coaches. After that, I was like, ‘Man, I kind of rushed it.’ I thought it through and called them back to tell them I was just reopening my recruitment. I was only committed for like a couple days. That’s when I was going to commit in June, but I changed my mind.
Q: What was it that made you change your mind?
A: I didn’t think everything through… I was like, “This probably isn’t the place for me.” It’s a great place, but I just felt like there were more schools I could look into and take my time and make the right decision.
Q: When it came down to the end, what school came in second?
A: The school that finished I would say was honestly a tie between Tennessee and West Virginia, but I was more leaning towards West Virginia.
Q: What was the most creative thing a school or coach did to get your attention?
A: Everything was mostly the same to me, but when I was at Tennessee, it was my birthday. We went to this one place when we went to go eat and stuff. I had just gotten in town. I got there, and the whole place was clapping and rooting my name and stuff. That was kind of awesome to me.
Q: What was the biggest rumor about you that wasn’t true?
A: They said that I had a top five I think when I wasn’t anywhere close to having a top five. And it was schools that I wasn’t even into. I was like, ‘Wow, that’s crazy.’
Q: What is the funniest thing any head coach said to you during the entire recruiting process?
A: It was not what was said. It was just what happened and everything. It was like during the summer, and we went on a visit. We went to Michigan, and coach (Jim) Harbaugh. They had a little cookout or something, and he was saying something and he just put a hot dog in his pocket. That was just funny to me. I’ve never seen that before.
Q: Which college would you have considered more seriously if they had offered you earlier in the process?
A: A couple schools. I kind of wanted a couple offers to see how campus is and see how their program is run, but I think Texas A&M, who didn’t offer me, and USC, who offered me late in the process. It was already too late, so I didn’t even get a chance to do anything with them. Baylor, too.
Q: Which head coach of a team that you did not sign with was the nicest?
A: I think coach Mac (Jim McElwain) at Florida. He relates to the kids. He’s a good guy. I appreciated him throughout the process, especially when he first got there. He hit me up and everything and followed me on Twitter. We talked on Twitter and all that stuff. He’s real cool.
Q: If you could give a junior only one piece of advice about the recruiting process, what would it be?
A: Enjoy the recruiting process at the beginning because when it gets into December and January, it starts getting tough. Everybody starts calling and texting and sending you stuff. It’s fun now, but it gets stressful at the end if you’re not committed. So just enjoy it and make sure you make the right decision.
Q: If you were in charge of the NCAA, what’s the one rule you would change with recruiting?
A: More contact. You know how as a sophomore and junior you can’t talk to coaches on the phone and stuff like that? I’d change that. That’s the main key into getting a key player or having a relationship with the person you want. You have to have relationships. I’d change that, so juniors and sophomores and maybe even freshman could talk to head coaches you know.