Two other top recruits find 'you can't trust just anybody'

November 24, 1995|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Here's a different perspective on the recruiting process from Dunbar's Tommy Polley, a Division I prospect in football and basketball, and McDonogh's Laurie Schwoy, who orally committed to a full soccer scholarship to North Carolina last month.

"One guy told me, 'If you come here, you'll start right away and you'll make it to the NBA, no doubt.' I've heard that stuff before," Polley said. He said others choose to say, "It'll be just like home or we've got a great tutoring program to help you out or you can play both sports here."

In July, one of the first coaches to recruit Schwoy told her the other schools "don't want you anyway," according to Schwoy. "You're the best player in the country, and if you come to our school, we'll make it to the Final Four," she told Schwoy.

"I was wide-eyed, but my mom was like, 'Take your time, don't rush in, don't make a decision too early,' " Schwoy said.

The recruiters' tones changed once they learned of Schwoy's oral commitment to North Carolina.

"It was like I dealt them a personal injury by going to North Carolina," Schwoy said. "There were coaches who were like your best friends, but, after I committed, they let their assistants deal with me or I just never heard from them again."

Polley said he hopes to make his decision in February, during the early signing period for football. Meanwhile, the phone is still ringing.

"There are slow weeks, where only one or two calls come in, or sometimes, there's 10 or 15," said Polley, adding that he and his mother, Amy, no longer answer the phone after 9 p.m.

"When you're on a call, you get the feeling that recruiters will tell you a variety of different things or that they're telling you the same things they're telling everyone else," said Polley. "You know it's all rehearsed, so you just have to be patient, listen to all the pitches and try to weed through certain things."

Once, said Polley, a lie was being circulated about him. "Somebody was telling them [recruiters] that I had committed to Florida State," he said.

"Sometimes, it's frustrating, other times, it just makes you want to laugh," Polley said. "But the bottom line is that it's a business, and you can't trust just anybody."

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