Not every recruit gels with every coach in the country. Not every recruit’s family gels with every coach in the country, either.
Sometimes, that’s based on some preconceived notions.
Take four-star guard C.J. Thorpe, who committed to Penn State after visiting Happy Valley for the Lions’ spring game. Thorpe’s dad, Chris, played at Penn State. He maintained that his son made his own decision about his college.
But when the Buckeyes came calling, the elder Thorpe stepped in.
“Urban Meyer called my dad, and he told him he should stop recruiting me because it’s not going to happen,” Thorpe said to ESPN. “After I got my Penn State offer, Urban called my dad and then he fell off the face of the earth. I didn’t know what happened and thought Ohio State was just not offering me, but I talked to my dad a year after the call, and he was like, ‘Yeah, I told him he can’t recruit you.’”
Thorpe maintained that Meyer probably wouldn’t have been able to flip him anyway, but that it still caught him by surprise. Apparently his dad had some built-up animosity against Ohio State.
With National Signing Day just over a month away, Thorpe does have a visit to UCLA lined up. He said that stemmed from his dad’s connection to UCLA defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, who played with the elder Thorpe at Penn State in the late 80s.
But Thorpe said that visit is just to make sure he’s making the right choice. He also plans to visit State College one more time.
While Penn State isn’t officially a lock, Thorpe not picking Ohio State can be etched in stone.