The Clemson coaching staff is probably cursing themselves this morning for not doing more to highlight the available fast food options on campus after highly recruited linebacker Cassanova McKinzy chose Auburn, due to a conspicuious lack of Chick-fil-As on campus.
[It was] kind of the environment and plus they had no Chick-fil-A on campus, said McKinzy, to a local CBS reporter. You had to go like, probably like 15 minutes off campus to go to like a real restaurant. Their café was kind of small.
The most embarrassing part of this whole thing for Clemson, and especially for McKinzy, is that there is a Chick-fil-A on Clemson's campus.
McKinzy does go on to describe some more legitimate concerns with the campus, like the distance from the dorms to the football facilities, but it is extraordinarily telling that his first reaction when asked why he chose one over the other was the proximity of a fast food chain.
Not that it was strictly necessary, but this is just another example of how silly the whole recruiting process is. The fact that almost any kid, no matter how highly rated, has about a 50-50 shot to succeed. Thousands of dollars and millions of fans are hanging on whims of 17-year-olds, and sometimes those include a delicious Deluxe Chicken sandwich with a side of waffle fries.
(See the 1:30 mark of the video for the jaw dropping answer when the four star linebacker from Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Ala. is asked why he chose Auburn over Clemson.)