Kids talk recruiting tactics

The recruiting process can be difficult for prospects and their families. Wading through the handwritten letters, the sales pitches and the various programs can be a tough task to manage.

Most haven't been through it before, unlike the men doing the selling. The coaches have finely honed their recruiting pitches. It can be dizzying for a prospect: Nearly every program sounds like it would be a great fit.

Then again, the pictures on the menus look appetizing at even the worst restaurants. But once one takes a bite ...