First Impressions Can Create Unrealistic Expectations for Recruits

Perry Dozier Jr. of Columbia, S.C., has been ranked by recruiting analysts as the top prospect in the country for the class of 2015. Brett Flashnick for The New York Times

By ADAM HIMMELSBACH – The New York Times

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(Clark) Francis, who charges $499 a year for a subscription to his recruiting service, said he would rather not rank sixth graders, but since he was one of the few analysts who did, it made his business stand out.

He said it was not his job to determine which players could be negatively affected by his reports. He does not scour elementary schools, but when a sixth grader attends an A.A.U. tournament or a showcase camp, Francis considers him eligible to be ranked.