Recruiting: Love letter to Rueben Randle

Recruiting is a creepy affair. Forty-year-old men sit around at lunch talking about the awesome “stats” (bodies) of 18-year-olds.

“Did you see those biceps?”

Of course the homoerotic nature of recruiting isn’t the creepiest part; the creepiest part is how media outlets like recruiting sites and even major newspapers shill for the home team.

Gannett’s Glenn Guilbeau takes it to a whole new level of slobbering. Guilbeau writes a love letter to top recruit Rueben Randle. Guilbeau declares LSU really really really needs Randle.

Guilbeau opines: “But Alabama does not need Randle as much as LSU does. Alabama already has Julio Jones, the No. 1 receiver in the nation last season out of Foley High in Foley, Ala. If Randle goes to Alabama, he’ll only be Jones’ Robin for at least two more years.

“If Randle goes to LSU, he could be Julio Jones all over again…LSU needs Randle more than Alabama needs Randle. It’s America, Randle can go wherever he wants and not have to answer to any self-absorbed fanatic with purple and gold on the brain. But if Randle wants to be the Man, LSU is the place.”

How much did LSU boosters pay for that commercial?

Is Guilbeau now on Les Miles’ Christmas card list? With this slobbering column, Guilbeau and Miles must be new BFFs (best friends forever).

This fine journalism is a prime reason Gannett is teetering on the brink. It is the same company where a Louisiana newspaper editor published an Internet hoax as fact in what amounted to a smear of Nick Saban.

At least recruiting websites and blogs are honest about their agendas. Newspapers aren’t. I’m no longer going to mourn when they fold.