Bunch of stuff being written in the Republic by Obert and Bordow and then online from Ralph and Gridiron, so I guess I will weigh in...
I think there is truth to what both Obert and Bordow wrote
Here is what I think...
I agree with Bordow and the quote from Belles about if a kid is in metro Phoenix, coaches will see them. Flagstaff, Prescott and even Tucson to an extent, a little tougher for exposure because PHX is so easy to navigate and recruit. If a coach can go to 15 schools in 2 days and then fly out, he will. So sometimes it doesn't make sense to drive to Mohave and see a kid and spend a whole day to see one kid. But in cases like Chans Cox, if he is special, coaches go there.
I disagree that you need to go to a powerhouse to get offers. I will agree that it helps in some cases. Schools that have a great reputation like Saguaro or Chandler or Hamilton or Mt. Pointe, those schools will be for sure or must stops. But every year I go and make my rounds at schools and see tons and tons of D1 coaches at each one. Pinnacle, PV, even Central. Shoot, I was at Central and Nebraska and Arizona were there to see a kid. Any college coach worth a lick will ask coaches if they know of players at other schools and EVERY coach I know in AZ has zero problem letting coaches know where the players are.
Which leads me to my next statement. I saw some buzz about Hamilcar leaving a Phoenix Union school and going D1, yet Azur stayed and didn't make it. Hamilcar was going to get a D1 offer regardless. I was at one high school last spring and several coaches had just left Chavez. Azur ended up at Az Western because he didn't have a qualifying score.
I will also say in some cases, yes, a proactive HS coach can help, but I also know some cases where the coach wasn't realistic and sold players that couldn't play D1 to D1 coaches. Those players didn't get an offer. Why? Because they weren't D1 caliber players. So bottomline, no matter what a HS coach says to a college coach, the kid has to be able to play, no matter what HS he plays at.
So where is the truth, like always, somewhere in the middle.