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Must Read For Any Recruits

This isn't about recruiting. But I think it's a must-read for any recruits, their parents and their handlers.

If I were guessing, I'd venture to say that at least half of the high school football players who think they're going to play in college take some type of supplement. The industry is booming. It's also an industry that is poorly (if at all) regulated. Who knows how many kids are taking steroids, though studies show that plenty are doing it behind closed doors.

Well, the latest Drug Enforcement Agency crackdown should be a red flag to any supplement and steroid users.

Why am I lumping supplements in with steroids? Because in 2002, the International Olympic Committee released a study reporting that of 634 supplements it analyzed, 94 contained substances not included on a label that would have resulted in a failed drug test. The study also found that 66 other supplements "returned borderline results for various unlabeled substances."

"We want 17-year-olds to know that the stuff they're buying on the Internet isn't what they think," [DEA spokesman Rusty] Payne said. "A lot of the time, what they're putting in their body has been mixed in someone's dirty kitchen sink."

By Josh Barr  | September 26, 2007; 10:16 AM ET
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