When you’re Savon Goodman, one of the last remaining undecided recruits in the nation, people commit recruiting violations left and right, showering you with love and affection on Twitter.
Of course, UCLA fans seem to have done a good job of restraining, because we’re classy like that. We’re waiting patiently for Savon Goodman — ESPNU’s 100th-ranked, 4-star recruits — to commit to UCLA and help build a helluva foundation in Westwood, making this recruiting class go from a Fab 4 to a Fab 5 (with Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson, Tony Parker and Jordan Adams already here).
But before Savon makes his decision, it only makes sense that he visits UNLV — or, as I like to call it, UNLOLV — to get a good feel of how things are. He’ll go to the Thomas & Mack Center, realize how crappy it is, and how hot Las Vegas can be, and how only tourists think the Strip is downtown, and how the best lobster buffet is at the Rampart Casino in Northwest Las Vegas …
I’m getting off track here. I lived in LV, and to be fair, there’s a little bit of nostalgia here: I was born and raised loving that school, forgetting how horrible it really is, because I was born and raised in Vegas, forgetting how terrible that town really is.
The point is, Vegas fans are getting a little crazy with their showering of Goodman. Check some tweets from Savon’s official UNLV visit:
— Kevin DenBraber (@KevinDB7) June 6, 2012
— Amos Leak (@KETCHUPMAN625) June 6, 2012
— Justin Crow (@UNLV_REBELS_702) June 6, 2012
Well Jesus Christ, that’s a helluva lot of passion from UNLOLV fans and a hell of a lot of potential minor recruiting violations, but that’s not the point.
The point is, UNLV fans are the silly type, it would seem, or at least the ones I’ve shown here. They’ll shower Goodman with love now, but what happens if he defects and, as expected, come to UCLA? Considering UNLOLV hasn’t been nationally relevant up til this point (shut up about the two years in the mid 2000s, as if getting to the Sweet 16 once makes you nationally relevant) since the early 90s, getting a big-time recruit is a huge deal for them, and they’ll take it hard.
“Death threats” and major freaking Twitter riot hard. Kentucky fans hard. Don’t think this isn’t out of their realm: A friend from Vegas and I discussed the recruiting deals, and after I brought up Shabazz Muhammad, the instant response was that he was a “f*cking traitor” and “dragged us through the recruiting process and left us like bitches.” Another friend, also a UNLV student, said he “hopes he breaks both his legs.” As you can tell, they’re dumb-asses, because, well, UNLOLV.
UNLOLV fans hate me, because I’m me, and I do my fair share of trash-talking to other fans. UNLV fans, though? They take this to a whole other level. It hurts my throat to say this, but you can tell a U$C fan, “Hey bro, honestly, I hate your school, but I respect it and it’s a damn good rivalry” and they’ll agree. Tell something similar to a UNLOLV fan, and they’re likely to continue whining and crying. (For a fun social experiment, how about trying to tell a UNLOLV fan that their recruiting class is overrated?)
And so if Savon Goodman comes to UCLA, I hope he’s ready for the shit-storm that follows. By no means should the UNLOLV haters make him fear for his life, or make him upset enough to commit to UNLV just to avoid the backlash. At the same time, this recruiting thing is dangerous, and some fan-bases are classlessly rabid, and that’s an understatement for UNLOLV fans.
If he doesn’t become a Bruin, though? That’s fine. UCLA isn’t for everyone, and we wish him the best.
We just maintain that he’ll have made a huge mistake.