As we mentioned earlier this week, ESPN college basketball writer Jeff Goodman was on campus Monday evening to watch Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals practice.
During Goodman’s stop in Louisville, he spoke with Rick Pitino about the impact of social media in recruiting. As you know, Coach Pitino has lost two verbal commitments in recent months and was forced to basically start fresh on the recruiting trail.
In so many words, Pitino says social media had a lot to do with the loss of Quentin Snider and JaQuan Lyle. “Once a kid commits, the fan base leaves him and goes on to the next kid,” Pitino tells Goodman.
I do think that social media plays a huge role in both football and basketball recruiting, however I’m not exactly sure if it played a specific role in Snider and Lyle’s decommitment. I still honestly believe that it had a lot to do with Louisville being loaded in the backcourt.
Regardless, Rick Pitino doesn’t seem to be on board with early commitments.
“We’d rather not take kids early anymore,” Pitino told Goodman.
I personally support his decision 100%. Nothing good ever happens when a kid commits two years before he’ll ever actually enroll in school. Verbal commitments mean absolutely nothing.