I don't normally read the ESPN Insider stuff that is posted about recruits, but, when this link was forwarded to me on this story on Villanova commitment Stacy Bedell, I took a look. It's no surprise that Villanova was able to land the kid's commitment, but what was surprising was his reason for choosing Villanova.
Bedell committed to Villanova -- a program that won the 2010 FCS national championship -- last Friday, one day after Villanova made its offer. He said Villanova's possible move to the FBS level was a big factor in his decision. He was also considering Army, James Madison, Fordham and Stony Brook.
"It's a great academic school and they told me they're announcing in September that they're going [FBS]," Bedell said. "I wanted to prove to everyone that I can play at that level."
Do coaches tell recruits just about anything to get a commitment? Yes. Have we heard precisely the same language from Temple recruits? Yes. Obviously this has to be taken with a grain of salt. Still, to hear it with regards to Villanova, a school that at least at one time had a Big East invitation for football seems much more certain than something from a Temple recruit.