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Coach blames system for UCLA recruit's fickleness

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08:21 AM ET 02.02 | With a variation on the sentiment, it's a teenager's prerogative to change his mind. Jordan Payton became one of the most discussed high school football players to sign a letter of intent Wednesday when he changed his mind for the third time. Payton, a wide receiver from Westlake Village Oaks Christian, signed with UCLA. He had previously orally committed to USC, California and Washington, doing so twice on television. "It's crazy, but the people have to understand this process is crazy," Payton said. ... [Said Oaks Christian Coach Bill Redell:] "I'm so mad at the situation. He shares some of the blame, but it's not 100% on his shoulders. It's the whole recruiting situation. It's not fair on the players."

Los Angeles Times

Jim Mora Jr., Icon Sports Jim Mora Jr., Icon Sports
February 2, 2012  08:34 AM ET

"Just like OU fans....always blaming something else on why they lost"...

LOL

February 2, 2012  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"Just like all school's fans....always blaming something else on why they lost"...LOL

FIFY

February 2, 2012  09:02 AM ET

LOL...that's right, just keep hearing about it's OU fans... :)

February 2, 2012  09:03 AM ET

Who cares

February 2, 2012  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

LOL...that's right, just keep hearing about it's OU fans... :)

Nah, they're just land thieves. They aren't any nuttier than the rest.

February 2, 2012  09:22 AM ET

In truth, things have got to change. I mean, whether you communicate with recruits on Facebook or Twitter matters? This is football, folks, not the d amn prom.

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February 2, 2012  09:32 AM ET

UCLA: HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!

February 2, 2012  09:35 AM ET
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Kid changed his mind 3 times and he blames the system... lmao...how about u not commit until u know where u want to go for sure...

one time, OK. The kid rethinks. Recommit 2 times, learn from it. 3rd time, sounds like a media ****.

February 2, 2012  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

one time, OK. The kid rethinks. Recommit 2 times, learn from it. 3rd time, sounds like a media ****.

*whoore

February 2, 2012  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"Just like OU fans....always blaming something else on why they lost"...LOL

Sounds like something I would say! :-)

February 2, 2012  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Sounds like something I would say! :-)

And UlT....lol

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February 2, 2012  10:16 AM ET

maybe some of them commit early in the hopes that some schools will back off them. I would imagine constant coach calling would get really annoying really fast.

February 2, 2012  10:17 AM ET
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I can't help but think that occasionally some of these young men are traveling on a massive ego trip and are playing these interested schools as dupes.

They are definitely playing the schools.

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February 2, 2012  10:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

UCLA: HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!

LOL, good point, but it all depends on if the kid wants to play football or chase women!!!

February 2, 2012  10:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

maybe some of them commit early in the hopes that some schools will back off them. I would imagine constant coach calling would get really annoying really fast.

Maybe that is why the 14 year old QB committed to USC last year!!! LOL.

February 2, 2012  10:57 AM ET

It's the same system that allowed him to change his mind 3 times.

 
February 2, 2012  11:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

LOL, good point, but it all depends on if the kid wants to play football or chase women!!!

I remember18........chase women #1, sports #2, school #2,345,356.......

Unless a kid is convinced he can make a living playing sports, chasing women wins every time

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