Mentor — or more? A look at the role of college recruiting advisers

  • Article by: Mike Kaszuba and Jason Gonzalez , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: December 18, 2013 - 11:29 AM


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nessmessDec. 18, 13 2:22 AM

NCAA recruiting violations up the waaaaa-zooooo...... Who pays this stiff???

pierrerhodesDec. 18, 13 5:48 AM

@nessmess, You should get your facts straight before you start making bogus allegations about NCAA violations. This guy along with the other gentlemen he is associated with has helped more inner city athletes from small schools get into colleges across this great nation and has allowed the rest of the football community in America to see that Minnesota has some of the top athletes also. I can't stand when people on the sideline sit in judgment with nothing invested in a our youth and just make idiotic comments! Put up or shut up is what I say, you go to inner city areas and volunteer your services to help the less fortunate and unnoticed out. Levi Bradley is an Honorable Man, and I hope people like these coaches and you don't discourage him and the kids and families he helps fulfill their dreams and life long goals of getting a college degree.

nessmessDec. 18, 13 6:15 AM

Question: Which universities/college boosters are paying this guy's salary to steer recruits their way??? That my pal...... "IS" a violation of NCAA rules.....

nessmessDec. 18, 13 6:26 AM

Here's the facts: 39 percent of black male college athletes go on to graduate (that's pretty dismal, compared to the rest of the student population).... They are not there to play football(and completely waste taxpayer money), they need to focus on getting an education and improving their lives (since less than 1% will have a pro career anyway)....

nessmessDec. 18, 13 6:33 AM

PS: I DO volunteer my time and work with people who are less advantaged.... I am sick of seeing these young men, exploited for their athletic talent, to only have their future smashed by broken promises of a better life, "If you sign here"...

moondog21Dec. 18, 13 7:44 AM

It seems to me this man gives back to his community, and is passionate about helping kids from the inner city reach there dreams! Why do we as people, look for the negative, when we should be thinking about the bigger picture! It seems to me the coaches are jealous someone outside of there program is doing what they can't! Instead of going after this man's good name, we should be applauding him for his efforts. Listen to the kids, and there parents comments. It's simple!!!

turgidDec. 18, 13 7:47 AM

Sounds to me like Bradley is filling a need, and if he can help connect Minnesota kids with scholarships that would have otherwise gone to kids in other states, that's good for the kids. That said, if the camps etc. are getting in the way of getting a high school degree, then he's doing them a real disservice. It should be about the education always.

moondog21Dec. 18, 13 8:16 AM

Majority of these camps are held during the summer, so in no way does it affect the athletes from getting a high school degree!The bottom line is Mr. Bradley goes above and beyound to help kids who have dreams of doing something bigger with there lives. Why should we discourage this?!

johthoDec. 18, 13 8:43 AM

Great story but it left too much hanging: the $810,000 arriving from "unspecified sources." The oldest dictum in sports crime is "follow the money." The authors didn't do that, leaving us incapable of judging whether this is a wonderful individual or the front man for an illegal cabal. Update in coming months?

misswilliamsDec. 18, 13 8:44 AM

Commonly we it can be a concern about how Levi is funded and where the motivation comes from. However, I am excited that someone has come in to help expose urban athletes to opportunities that are not always available to them due to lack of knowledge or surroundings. As an educator and a lover of sports, I hope that the message being indebted are that they are FIRST "STUDENT ATHLETES"-- Education comes first and sports is second. Sports should be a tool to teach them the skills to further pursue higher leveled education. I personally commend Levi for his work he has done thus far. I understand anything out of the norm can pose as a threat, especially to those who are NOT doing their job. I pray that one day a trusted gap is bridged between recruiters/mentors and the coaching staff-- Meaning they all come together to make decisions that are beneficial to the student and not themselves.


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