Vernon Carey, Jr. To Attend Duke, Not MSU - What Does It Mean?

Vernon Carey, Jr. To Attend Duke, Not MSU - What Does It Mean?

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Vernon Carey, Jr. To Attend Duke, Not MSU - What Does It Mean?

5-star recruit from Fort Lauderdale makes it official by announcing that he’ll play his college ball at Duke rather than Michigan State. Life will go on.

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I have an unusual – and even dysfunctional – relationship with the entire topic of, “business” of, discussion of, and analysis of college football and college basketball recruiting.

I know, I’m the only person – especially one that’s a basement typer – who doesn’t spend hours and days and weeks analyzing whether or not a 15-year old in St. Louis is going to choose to play basketball at Louisville or Gonzaga.

Something about the whole thing feels greasy and weird and almost creepy.

My perspective is this:

The guys who are head coaches at Michigan State – Mark Dantonio and Tom Izzo – have demonstrated that they know what they’re doing when it comes to running their programs, leading their programs, and winning championships with their programs.

What good is it going to do if I spend time lamenting over how they MUST get that 17-year old from Pittsburgh to choose Michigan State over Harvard or M.I.T. or Florida A&M?

These guys – Dantonio and Izzo – seem to have been pretty good at filling up their rosters with guys who can play football and basketball and the coaches have delivered Michigan State with the hardware to prove it.

There are schools that have Top 5 recruiting classes every single year yet haven’t won a Big Ten divisional title in football ever since the divisions were created.

Would it be nice if Izzo and Dantonio got every single recruit out there who has been labeled as a “5-star” kid by the geniuses who analyze this stuff from their mothers’ basements for a living?

Of course.

It’s, obviously, important to get the best high school players possible to come to play football or basketball at Michigan State so Michigan State can continue to win Big Ten Championships, go to more Final Fours, go to the College Football Playoff again and again, and win more national championships.

But if I spend too much time obsessing over how and why either of these legendary coaches “failed” to get a kid to realize that Michigan State University is a phenomenal place, I’ll start to feel like the anonymous Twitterers who send me DMs telling me that I’m a horrible person for saying nasty things about their favorite school that is not Michigan State.

Izzo – to his everlasting credit – turned what Jud had built into a monster by elevating the recruiting perspective for Spartan Basketball.

Izzo’s accomplishments speak for themselves and he doesn’t need to “prove” any more to me by bagging the #2 high school player in the nation.

I’m never going to spend time critiquing Izzo or Dantonio for “failing” to get a kid to come to Michigan State.

If a kid happens to select Duke over Michigan State?

Good for that kid and who are any of us to have any problems with the kid or Izzo?

Chances are that Vernon Carey, Jr really was enamored with Duke’s electrical engineering program and while he liked Michigan State’s, he just didn’t feel like it had quite as many direct lines to the nation’s top professional electrical engineering opportunities.

I’m fully aware of the fact that there is a gigantic industry dedicated to this entire recruiting thing.

Then again, there is an entire industry dedicated to medicines and salves designed to remedy foot bunions.

Maybe I should think more about how to write about the way people deal with the pain and discomfort that comes from growths on their feet.

There is also an entire industry dedicated to the engineering, manufacturing, and styling of urinals.

Perhaps I should ask the USA Today website makers to create a “tab” for SpartansWire where I write about the many different urinal designs.

Not too long ago, a really, really smart guy who has spent many years writing for a website that’s kind of like this one except that it’s also different in many ways told me, “If you’re not covering recruiting, you’re stupid.”

I thanked him for the thoughtful “advice” and resisted the urge to ask him if his parents charge him rent since he’s in his early 30s and lives with them still despite having graduated from what he very forwardly notes is “the greatest university on earth.”

Hint: he writes for a site that covers a school that hasn’t won a Big Ten Football Championship since Morgan Spurlock gained 25 pounds in 30 days eating only McDonald’s.

But, since that guy is really, really smart, I should listen to him and say something about recruiting every once in a while.

Today, Vernon Carey, Jr. the nation’s #2 or #3 or #4 ranked high school basketball player according to the various platforms that spend their time analyzing 16- and 17-year olds and their basketball playing abilities, announced that he will attend college at Duke University where he will play basketball for the Blue Devils.

He chose Duke over Michigan State.

Carey is 6’10” and very good at playing basketball.

A lot of college basketball coaches and fans and people wanted him to  decide to attend their school so he could play for their team.

But, as I mentioned, he chose to attend Duke.

His announcement was televised live on ESPN.

When I was 18, my decision to attend Michigan State came down to the wire.

It was between State and the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign).

When I made my decision, the announcement was not broadcast live on any television network.

I can’t remember for sure but I think my decision became understood by my parents the night before it was time for them to drive me from Chicago to East Lansing to start my freshman year as a student.

But Vernon Carey, Jr’s decision to attend Duke was on ESPN.

It all makes perfect sense.

We wish Vernon Carey, Jr the best in his career at Duke.

And we say this to Tom Izzo and his staff after another shortfall with this recruiting stuff:

Continued thanks for working your butt off every day of the year to put the best team possible out on the court for Michigan State University.

Keep at it and know that not everyone thinks you guys are bums for “failing” to get the latest 18-year old phenom to come to Michigan State.

We like the players you have on the roster and we like the ways they represent your program and Michigan State University.

We think that you’ll continue to get really good basketball players to come to Michigan State and they’ll help you win a lot more games.

I’m fairly certain I have all of my eligibility remaining – so, if Vernon Carey, Jr’s decision to attend Duke (which was broadcast live on ESPN) forces you to take another look at the recruiting class you need to fill, I’m available.

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