That's b/c Oregon is working with the street agent12/20/2010 12:03:38 PM
down there in Texas. From the recruitoscom blog:
"So how does a kid like Anthony Wallace that flirted palms up with schools in the Big 12 and SEC suddenly commit to Oregon?
Let’s start at the beginning.
Baron Cortez Flenory, Jr. grew up in western Pennsylvania and is the son of Duquesne basketball legend B.B. Flenory, who once scored 81 points in a high school game. In three quarters. He sat out the first quarter for not wearing a tie to school. Nobody stops a Flenory from getting his own! By all accounts, the Flenorys are still very well respected in their community and give a lot of time to local charities.
Baron starred in basketball and football in high school but wasn’t able to attract any high major D1 offers. He ended up playing for the University of New Hampshire, logging All Conference and 2nd-team All America honors his senior year. Who was Baron’s coach at New Hampshire? None other than Oregon Ducks coach Chip Kelly. If it looks like a duck and quacks like a Duck …
Flenory, right, onboard with the O
Flenory’s inspiration to get in the amateur athlete advisory business was Sonny Vaccarro, the guy who created AAU summer basketball and turned high school gyms into breeding grounds for street agents and college recruiters. Flenory wants to do the same thing with football and he’s not shy about his intentions. Since universities can legally pay these scouting camps for their services, these camps can theoretically operate on the level and report camp admission to the IRS. It’s what doesn’t get reported — retainer fees from coaches for pushing a player to a certain school — that’s the bigger concern here.
Momma said there would be days like this
For every Anthony Wallace, there’s a Tajh Boyd. Flenory got to know the 5 star QB out of Virginia very well while working at Scout. After Flenory posted on Oregon message boards that Boyd was a lock to the Ducks, a few days later he commited to Clemson, admitting somewhat innocently at the press conference he had no idea where he was going until ten minutes before the announcement, when presumably a call came in. It’s not unlike an NFL agent calling his client from the draft to tell him what team he’ll be playing for. The tangible difference is 3-4 zero’s on the check. And that’s one Flenory certainly didn’t collect on. But someone tied to Clemson likely did.
Will Lyles could probably share some similar stories. It’s the nature of the street agent game. Wichita trainer Brian Butler certainly has some good ones. He was pulling the strings during Bryce Brown’s recruitment, which was completely endorsed by Brown and his family in a very public light. Thayer Evans writing about Brian Butler. Does it get any better than that, Mrs. McFarland? Butler is opposed to Flenory’s AAU skills camp model and would prefer to stick to fundamentals like weight and speed training. Nice cover, but not surprising from someone who used to be a former telemarketer and aspiring rapper.
By comparison, Flenory is a smart and well-spoken guy that seized on a ripe opportunity, saving college coaches the time and expense of travelling to individual schools to scout elite prospects. They can cover a lot more ground by spending a few days at one of New Level’s all-star camps. Look for the shoe companies to inevitably creep in and the sponsorship fees to skyrocket for New Level, Under Armour, Nike, and competing camp operators in the coming years. The more money that flows into the system assures that guys like Will Lyles, Brian Butler, and Baron Flenory will be well taken care of, both on and off the books.
Whether the NCAA ever cares to follow the money is another question."
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