Jimbo Fisher has this recruiting thing down: Just invoke a girlfriend reference to make it all make sense to a teenage boy.
During a meeting with the Texas A&M media on Thursday, the new Aggies head coach was asked about his approach to recruiting when it comes to players who commitment to play for him but also want to go and visit other schools.
His response started off about the same as you might have heard other major college coaches react to the situation. They don’t like it, but they know they have to live with it.
“You can’t stop them from visiting,” Fisher said in a video captured by The Houston Chronicle’s Brent Zwerneman. “But at the same time, I always say this, you have to be aware that [coaches] can’t quit recruiting kids either. If they don’t continue to visit [other schools], that’s great. If you quit, we quit. It’s not a threat, but it’s part of that you have to do.”
Fisher stepped it up a bit as he went along, though, unveiling the analogy he apparently uses regularly with recruits who are committed to his school.
“I always ask them this: When you’re getting married and she says she’s going to marry you and then she says she wants to go on two more dates,” Fisher said, smiling. “Are you going to let her?”
“If he’s still visiting [other schools], you better have a plan because there’s something there.”
You can certainly see how Fisher’s message might connect with a recruit who has been in a serious dating relationship in high school.
Fisher went on to explain that he doesn’t blame prospects for wanting to explore their options through the recruiting process, and even indicated that he believes most kids who take visits after committing to a school are actually just looking to cash in on free vacations.
“A lot of them know where they want to go and they want to seal up a spot,” Fisher explained. “But at the same time they’ve never seen nothing in the world. And they’re 18 years old. I get it. That doesn’t make them bad kids… When you’re 18 years old and you’ve never been across the world and someone says I can take you on five different trips, I mean, would y’all not want five free vacations?”
The NCAA allows for five official visits to schools for each recruit, which are paid for by the university which has extended the invitation. Players are allowed to make unofficial visits on their own dime, as well.
Here’s a look at the video of Fisher’s conversation via Zwerneman:
Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher with a great line to recruits about ‘two more dates’ when I asked him about pledges who still want to take visits: pic.twitter.com/3mAA5mkKgb
— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) March 8, 2018