EDMOND — One of the most important things recruiting experts tell top prospects is to make sure you commit/sign with the university — not the coach.
The coach that put all the time and effort to get you to a certain destination might be long gone by the time you would ever step foot on the campus.
But with so many offensive and defensive systems tailored a certain way, it's become a system game. If a recruit fits that system, they're more likely to go to that school.
However, if ever there was a reminder about committing to the university, it's been this year. Not only were there the numerous coaching changes all around college football, there was also one major switch in this state's backyard at Tulsa.
Edmond Memorial star Kameron Doolittle knows all too well about the recruiting process now. The Bulldogs quarterback, who has been recruited as an athlete, had offers from Colorado and Tulsa as well as Colorado State and Wyoming. He had even taken an official visit to Colorado in October.
Then former coach Dan Hawkins was shown the door for the Buffaloes, and former Tulsa coach Todd Graham left for Pittsburgh.
It made Doolittle a man without a country — or more appropriate, a top recruit without a university.
“I cannot tell you a clear reason why (more schools haven't pursued Doolittle),” Edmond Memorial coach Justin Merideth said. “It's definitely frustrating because he's one of the best players I've ever coached and one of the best players I've ever seen. In person and on film — he stands out.”