Back before text messaging was banned, Guthrie coach Rafe Watkins watched in horror as superstar Kye Staley — now an Oklahoma State senior fullback — was bombarded with calls and messages from college coaches. Watkins said that one month, Staley's cellphone bill eclipsed $300.
This year, Guthrie has another talented senior expected to receive serious Division I attention. Kai Callins doesn't have any offers yet because of a torn ACL last fall, but his stock could rise when games begin.
“I think there should be a limit,” Callins said. “Just as a student-athlete, it's tough enough as it is with school, work, practice and if you're in any clubs or anything like that.
“You want to take those calls so you don't look bad, but sometimes it can be too much.”
Opinions vary on the issue, though. Southmoore senior Jaelon Walker said he thinks coaches should be allowed unlimited contact.
“They're going to give you a $100,000 offer,” Walker said. “If they're going to spend that kind of money on a student, they should be able to contact him as much as they want. I'm fine with that trade off.”