Jolly Good Fellow
Well I'm not saying tighten restrictions, in fact, I'm all for the right coach having leeway. You have to be smart about it. Going after lil' Autry was a fool's errand. Maybe the same could be said for Custis. We don't know how many of the other guys who left just felt the rigor and pressure of the academics was too much. Why did Justin Akins leave?
It's not just academics, it's character, too. When I say targeting the "S" in "SA", I meant the "C" (character) as well. (There's no C in SA). The two aren't always tied together but it is often the case. King Ocho was academic and character.
JHD is another academic casualty, btw.
I completely agree with the premise, but I think it's hard to gauge the "C" of a 17 year old...not every recruit is Will Bryan. I would guess that the character of a lot of these kids is unknown until they get on campus and face a little adversity.
I also think that if you have a solid class of 18 then why not take a flier on a higher risk higher reward type player? I bet we've had quite a few guys with question marks out of high school develop into leaders both on and off the field