The Rumor Mill Strikes Again

With the proliferation of sport radio and fan sites, the attention directed toward college recruiting has exploded. The media and fan scrutiny has expanded to the point that recruits risk having even the most benign of conversations broadcast over airwaves and Internet message boards.

Mike Hague is arguably one of the best running backs in the state of Utah. He committed early to BYU despite much interest from Utah and some Pac-10 schools. The 6'0", 210-pound running back/safety helped Brighton shut down Cottonwood's powerhouse offense that boasts Oklahoma State commit Alex Cate, and another top Utah running back in Stanley Havili.

A Utah sports radio station first mentioned a report that Hague was wavering in his commitment to BYU. After that, rumors and questions spread like wildfire on the Internet with everyone wondering whether Hague was still committed to BYU.

"I'm still committed to BYU," said Hague.

Hague confirmed to TBS that he is remains fully committed to play football at BYU for Coach Mendenhall and that rumors that he is wavering are false.

Some speculated that Hague's father's connection to a local sport radio station could be behind tied to the spread of misinformation

"My dad is vice president of Simmons Media so he's over 1280 The Zone which is a sports show in Salt Lake," Hague said. "It wouldn't have been my dad that said that. There are a lot of Utah fans in my area so it might have just been rumors coming around, or maybe because a lot of people think that because I was Ute fan my whole life that I'm going to go to Utah, but I'm not."

This brings up an interesting contrast in recruiting approaches. Former Utah Head Coach Urban Meyer told former Skyline High School defensive lineman Tony Bergstrom not to talk to coaches or take any trips once he decided to play for the Utes. He had trips set to BYU and Boise State but elected to follow the counsel of Coach Meyer. Soon after Meyer bolted for at better deal at Florida, Bergstrom was left wondering what would happen to his Utah scholarship and worried that he had no back up plan because he cut ties with the coaches at other colleges.

On the other hand, BYU coach Brandon Doman told BYU commit and Alta High School O-line star Braden Hansen to look around and take trips in order to be absolutely sure BYU is the right place for him. Hansen feels Doman was looking out for his interests as a recruit more than BYU's interests as a school.

"I bleed blue but the recruiting process is a fun process and it's fun to entertain other offers," Hague said. "You know what I'm saying? That would be fun. I haven't been invited on any but it would be fun."

So if Hague could go have fun at a trip to another university, where would he choose to go?

"I don't know," Hague said. "I just think it would be fun, you know. I committed early so I didn't really get that chance. I don't question where I stand with BYU, but you know I never got a chance to get the full recruiting experience."


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