Recruiting Survey: Prospects weigh in on playoff, coaches and more
This fall's high school seniors represent the first graduating class that will have a chance to play in a college football playoff for the majority of their careers. And, apparently, that's exactly how they want it.
Rivals.com polled 80 prospects during last weekend's Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge on a variety of college football and recruiting issues. More than 70 percent of the participants favored a playoff, which begins in two years, over the current BCS system.
The BCS presidential oversight committee approved a four-team playoff on Tuesday that will take effect in 2014. The four teams will be decided on a selection committee.
"All the good teams should play each other so that you ultimately see who the best team is," one recruit said.
The participants in the survey were granted anonymity to allow for more open and honest responses.
"My only worry is there's already an argument to see who's in the national championship game," another player said. "There's still going to be an argument about picking the top four teams. That's the only hesitation I have. But it's cool. It's great for football. College basketball does it obviously on a larger scale, but I think it will be a cool element for college football."
Many of the players against a playoff simply indicated they preferred the system the way it is, with the BCS determining which two teams play for the title. At least one player also noted that a playoff could make it less likely that the best overall team each season actually wins the championship. According to him, it could be detrimental to the sport if a one- or two-loss team that earned the No. 4 seed ended up winning the championship over a school that went undefeated during the regular season.
"The best team -- the team that wins every game -- should be able to play for the championship," he said. "You never know. Somebody might luck out and win [a playoff].'"
Here's a rundown of where the prospects stood on 10 pressing topics:
"[Texas] was more of a family atmosphere to me."
"That's who you're going to be with the most, that's who you're going to talk to, who's going to be your leader and your father [figure]."
"When people say academics, if you really cared about academics that much, you'd go to Vanderbilt or Harvard or something."
"You can go off the past, but you're not the past. You're the future."
"Football's like a job. Granted, they are paying for your tuition, but at the same time, you're putting in a lot more hard work than anyone could ever imagine. Plus, during the summer, it's really hard for some players to get by. They can't get a job because they're doing a lot of football workouts, but at the same time they can't get paid."
"We're not in the big leagues yet. If you start having [pay], you really don't have anything to fight for to try to make it to the big leagues."
"I like the playoff because that's what they have in the pros. It would be preparing for that."
"[Saban] has been in the elite for a long time and he's heard it all. He just wants to get down to the chase and get to the offer and tell you what he likes and doesn't like about you. That's it."
"With the background he has, just talking to him was like, 'Wow, I'm really taking to Nick Saban.' It was incredible."
"[Brown] is just like a father figure, really. He's very friendly. Every time you see him, you get a hug."
"[Sarkisian] is a real genuine guy."
"[Franklin] is real persistent, a good salesman."
"[My coach] has been with me through every step of this. Whenever I had questions or felt uneasy, I went straight to him."