Yesterday, we detailed the verbal commitment given by Nicholas Sahakian to Arizona State. Sahakian was a California state champion as a sophomore and has a boatload of national-level credentials, so it’s not surprising that he’d end up at a school like Arizona State, which has won NCAA team trophies in two of the last three years. It’s also not surprising that the Sun Devils were his choice given the team’s recent history with his high school St. John Bosco.
One major part of recruiting is developing relationships. Relationships with high school coaches, club coaches, and parents. Coaches that keep their word while recruiting and helping student-athletes develop on and off the mat tend to build strong bonds with those important mentors in a high school athlete’s lift. That leads to recruits from a certain club or high school continuing to sign with a particular college. In the media, we simply call it a “pipeline.”
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