[Ed. note -- Promoted]
No, not moron, more on.
As I've posted before, my colleague's son goes to HS with Akeel Lynch. Last week, I passed on the story of Omar Easy to the colleague to relate to his son, and ultimately to Akeel. Today, my colleague came in and told me Akeel's reasoning and thought process with the de-commit from Boston College and verbal to Penn State.
It's an interesting look into the mind of a 17/18 year old and the effects of negative recruiting.
First, he was informed by Penn State that BC's entire coaching staff will likely be gone within one year as BC is in a death spiral (my words, not their's).
Second, he was told that he could be assured of a pro-style offense and emphasis on the running game at PSU, whereas at BC, with the impending coaching change, he would not have that assurance. The other interesting tidbit - he was advised by his HS coach that he should look at the schools as if he was not a football player and should determine what school would be his best choice academically as far as the doors / job a degree from that school might open. His answer: still BC. So that tells me, the negative recruiting, and perhaps Akeel's own belief that he will be a NFL player someday (what HS "blue-chip" doesn't think that?), overcame the fact he acknowledges BC would be the better school were he not a football player.
Finally, as many know, Akeel is from Toronto. The son of the family he is living with, a HS classmate and also a teammate on the football team, is going to Penn to play football.
So there are a variety of factors working against BC, chief among them is Penn State's negative recruiting vs. Spaz. Which is, of course, why mega-programs can just keep extending coach's contracts, even if the coach is on the hot-seat. Tennessee and Dooley just lost one of the best LB recruits in the country, probably for the same reason.