“Collective chaos:” FBS employees conducted a survey about what to expect from the 2023 Gateway Transfer cycle

ACC: “It is not clean at all. It’s completely broken… You have people trying to take a stand for better compensation, better settings, and longer game time. … We’ve already been getting a heads up from the guys that people have approached them with seven figure deals. The manipulation is very real.”

AAC2: “It happens. Every day. It’s scary to see because you worry about your players doing the same.”

big 12 1: “We don’t get into that business here. But what’s been amusing to me is how confused some teams are with it. Players follow other teams’ active rosters and people who think don’t notice. All these places are doing is building a case against themselves for violations on sight.” Of everyone. You’d think they’d be more careful or you should think people don’t watch who they’re following/targeting. Usually young, inexperienced, up-and-coming staffers and analysts.”

Big Ten 1: “I’m sure it happens, but I think part of it is paranoia. It’s like nothing. Does it happen? Yes. But, does every good kid sign with schools because there is nothing? To protect our list.

Big Ten 2: “One of our best players, a school that was a nationally recognized school, told us that he called his high school principal saying, ‘Hey, if he wants to transfer, we’ve got a place for him. We’d love to have him. We hear about things like that all the time.'”

C-USA 1:”Some of the best recruits we will get are the ones who keep some of the existing players. It’s bullshit a**, we’ve got kids being beaten left and right. – You’re better than that place. …that’s stupid. This is not fair to children. A child can be perfectly happy somewhere and put that into their own mind and be completely mentally broken. Take away from your current team.

“I get calls from my buddies at bigger schools who want to know who the best players are at the other schools we’ve played in, so they can get them. They say, ‘We’re going to go buy these guys. ‘”

C-USA 2: “It happens. High school coaches make calls. Dealers make calls. Kids call. If you’re recruiting them out of high school, they make all these calls. There’s a lot of stuff that goes on in the back doors.”

Mac: “At the G5 level, we don’t have the same reach as the big schools. But I’ve noticed an uptick in FCS players following our team and vice versa on Twitter.”

M-West: “Before in the recruiting process, it was like, ‘Oh, they committed there.'” Then you drop their recruitment. Now, you recruit them throughout the process with the idea in the back of their mind that this person could eventually jump the transfer gate with the idea in the back of your mind that I actually have this relationship with them.”

Section 1: “If you don’t do that, you’re behind the eight-ball. Unfortunately, that’s what it is. Over the course of the year, it’s gotten to the point where you have somebody working with these teams that are evaluating other teams. That’s what I’ve turned into.”

Section 2: “Don’t think it’s as crazy as you might think. But, I think the movie is being watched and now it’s a waiting game.”

sun belt: “I avoid it like the plague. I’m not oblivious to the fact that it’s going on, but I don’t want one of our guys doing our mid-season shopping or encouraging it elsewhere.”

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