CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- DESCRIBING THE craziness within college football recruiting is almost impossible.
The closest I can come is this: Put Amanda Bynes, Lindsay Lohan, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen and Chris Brown in a blender. The almagamation you're left with is recruiting.
The other day, for instance, WVU's basketball coaches apparently believed they had a commitment from Jevon Carter, a 6-foot-2, 165-pound point guard from Proviso East High in Maywood, Ill.
Seemed like a slam dunk. Carter's other published offers came from Kent State, Illinois State, etc. Obviously, though, Mountaineer coach Bob Huggins and others saw something in the kid. He visited Morgantown and apparently committed.
Then came a text to me. "I didn't commit yet," he wrote. Word is, Carter's father stepped in.
WVU seemed near wrapping up its next hoops class. The hope in Morgantown was Carter would join Daxter Miles of Baltimore Dunbar High (who needs an academic qualifying score) and that would be that.
But no. Recruiting isn't that easy. Not in basketball. Not in football.
At the other end of WVU's campus, football recruiting coordinator Ryan Dorchester has been trying his luck at the inexact science.
As it stands, the Mountaineer football team has 13 commitments for its 2014 class. Dorchester is trying to manage that, plus the 2015 class.
"On [Sept. 1] we were able to contact juniors," Dorchester said. "We can write letters, email and use social media, but we still can't call."
I refer back to the goofy amalgamation on that rule. Anyway ...
"It's OK because anymore it's easy to [use] Facebook and say, 'Hey, give me a call.' Calling is kind of antiquated anyway. We have so many different avenues to contact kids.
"It's naive, though, to think you're the only one doing so."
Dorchester said he's concerned some recruits get "worn out" by all the contact. Yet he's placed in a bind.