In four seasons at Eastern Washington, Cooper Kupp caught 428 passes for 6,464 yards and 73 touchdowns. He is now trying to prove he’ll produce in the pros, too. The Rams drafted him 69th overall in the NFL draft on Friday.
Coming out of high school five years ago, Kupp didn’t get a single scholarship offer from teams in the FBS, college football’s top level. He wound up deciding between EWU and Idaho State.
There are under-recruited stars, but there are few un-recruited stars. Kupp hailed from Yakima, Wash., a little-recruited town in a little-recruited part of Washington.
“I pursued the FBS. I tried to get ahold of everyone I could. I actually couldn’t get ahold of people. My grandpa played at U-Dub,” Kupp told SB Nation, referring to the University of Washington Huskies. “We had a lot of connections there. We couldn’t even get a reply back from them. We couldn’t get a letter back or an email back that simply said, ‘No, we’re not interested.’ We couldn’t get anything from them, so, you know, it was frustrating.”
When people start whining about nanny states and “pussification,” we’ll know that baseball is on the right track. Cross your fingers, everybody.
The alternative is that we could just wait for someone to get killed, whether it’s because of a bat or a baseball. That’s one of the possible solutions, I guess. It sure would take the least amount of work. Manny Machado is right, though. The de facto system of checks and Cheap Xavi Jerseys balances is unfair and hypocritical, and I don’t know how much longer baseball can keep the status quo.