Lickliter Talks Recruiting Younger Players

During Monday's Big Ten Coaches Teleconference, Iowa's Todd Lickliter was asked about the trend of recruiting younger players. Here is his response.

This from Monday's Big Ten Coaches Teleconference:

This is from his Big Ten Teleconference time Monday morning:

Q: From a recruiting standpoint, in some ways it seems like recruiting is getting younger and younger in terms of how you have to evaluate players. How young is it getting? I know you can't recruit a seventh or sixth grader, but how early to you start at least looking at players?

Todd Lickliter: Well, I'll tell you what, I don't look at them. I hear about it and I don't think it's a healthy thing. I don't think it's healthy that a young child is playing this game to get recruited. I think they should be playing this game because they love to play the game for the challenge of competition and for the growth that athletics give you. If you're good enough, you're going to get recruited.

Because of something we want, I doin't think it's fair to the young person to go out there and recruit somebody and present a problem for them, to be honest with you. I'm not going to recruit kids until they're in high school.

It used to be in high school that you didn't recruit freshmen and sophomores, but it has sped up. A lot of it has sped up because of the families, the individuals, the exposure and what are called unofficial visits. Kids are coming on campus a lot. They're out looking themselves. You have to balance it, but I'm not in a huge hurry. We're finally in real good shape here, so I'm not going to be too awfully concerned with sixth and seventh graders. That's for sure.

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