Colleges can run into a number of different complications when they are trying to schedule visits with recruits. There is an encyclopedia of rules to memorize regarding recruiting violations, and then there’s the trouble of convincing the players to come out and see the campus. On rare occasions, there can even be a problem with finding the campus itself. Just ask the four Texas Tech football recruits that never made it to West Texas last weekend.
According to Rivals.com, Houston-area recruits Devin Lauderdale (WR), Reggie Chevis (LB), Tavares Garner (CB) and Arthur Lockett (RB) got lost on their way to visit the Texas Tech campus last weekend. They were scheduled to make the roughly 550-mile drive to Lubbock from Houston to watch the Red Raiders Spring Game, but apparently they left their directions and technological advancements at home.
“(We) didn’t use a GPS, and we didn’t even know we were going the wrong way,” Lauderdale said. “So we were driving (and we ended up) in East Texas.”
The four players realized they weren’t on the right track when they were 100 miles away from the road they were supposed to be on and still 500 miles from campus. They ended up roughly an hour away from the Louisiana border when their destination was an hour away from the New Mexico border. Lauderdale said they still plan to visit this spring, and the situation is not believed to have affected any of the recruits’ decisions.
The good news is the four players haven’t even enrolled in a college yet and they’ve already learned a valuable life lesson. If you take the appropriate measures — such as using a smart phone or a GPS — getting lost driving somewhere in the year 2012 is very difficult to do.
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