How great must it be to be a top high school football prospect in Texas? The world is at your feet, and so are the big universities who will do anything to make sure you attend their school. Anything.
Jamarcus McFarland is a highly rated defensive tackle who just selected Oklahoma over Texas, which I’m sure is huge news in Norman, but even bigger news for the rest of us because of the window it gives on the sordid recruiting process, which at Texas takes the form of a party with “free alcohol, drugs and young women taking off their clothes.” (More examples after the jump, which means I know I’ll see you on the other side.)
McFarland is described as a top student, though I’m not sure what that means when he writes his English term papers about his adventures in recruiting. From one paper:
I will never forget the excitement amongst all participants. Alcohol was all you can drink, money was not an option. Girls were acting wild by taking off their tops, and pulling down their pants. Girls were also romancing each other. Some guys loved every minute of the freakiness some girls demonstrated. I have never attended a party of this magnitude. The attitude of the people at the party was that everyone should drink or not come to the party. Drugs were prevalent with no price attached.
I must not have the updated Strunk and White which contains the proper use of the word “freakiness.” But the opulence doesn’t end with campus parties. McFarland met with Mack Brown at his house.
After Texas beat Baylor that weekend, McFarland and his mother ate dinner at Brown’s home. Flat-screen televisions were in every room, and there were two outside.
“Whose house do you like better, Bob Stoops’s, Les Miles’s or mine?” Adams recalled Brown saying.
And after all this, he chose Oklahoma? Maybe the Sooners won the recruiting war, but it’s the Longhorn student body who are the real winners here.