<div class="quote_poster">Quote:</div><div class="quote_post">Tom Boatright has a pet expression he drops on his grandson from time to time: "You still have milk on your breath."
That's his way of reminding 14-year-old Ryan Boatright that he's a youngster with a lot left to learn in life and on the basketball court.
"You've got a long way to go," Tom Boatright tells Ryan.
In recruiting, it's all about being first. If you get in on the kid in eighth grade, you're first.
But USC has accelerated the young milk drinker into the straight-whiskey world of college hoops, offering him a scholarship last month. And in direct contradiction to Tom Boatright's wisdom, Ryan accepted with his family's blessing and encouragement.
A few days later, the Aurora, Ill., point guard decided which high school he would attend. East Aurora was the lucky winner.
If offering a scholarship to a 5-foot-9, 135-pound wisp who has never played a high school game strikes you as perverse, premature and preposterous, you must not be a college basketball coach. Recruiters are going after the adolescent crowd like Joe Camel. </div>
This rub anyone the wrong way?