DJ, thanks for the link to Heffernan & Wallce blog on the NYTimes. Buckeyes fans who were distraught that OSU didn’t get (4-star point guard) Markell Johnson* (or any other recruit) might consider the viewpoints of other college coaches:
Audra Smith, head coach of women’s basketball at Clemson University:
There are kids I don’t recruit because I see their social media. When I see an inappropriate [post], like provocative pictures or inappropriate language, it’s a red flag. It not only tells me about the player, it also tells me that their parents are obviously not aware of what’s going on in their teen’s world, and I don’t feel like I’m going to have that backing from a parent if I have an issue with that child.
Tracey Bartholomew, head coach of women’s soccer at Columbia University:
In developing a team, I look for people who are not selfish. I honestly would take A- or B+ level talent but A+ characteristics because those people tend to rise when things get harder.
It's better to recruit kids who will work on their weaknesses and who will play together, than higher rated athletes who are reluctant to listen and improve. Or who may be more concerned about their minutes.
* I am not saying Markell has any of these traits, because we simply do not know what went on--on either side.