I always attempt to interview recruits once they commit to Missouri - it's not always possible - but I'm just not interested in covering the daily horse race that is recruiting for a few reasons.
Most recruits don't do many interviews these days. If they have something to say, they use social media and aren't accessible otherwise. There's usually some recruits/parents/coaches/handlers who will share news off the record, but I'm morally opposed to reporting something as benign as recruiting visits based on anonymous sources. That's a game I don't want to play. When recruits do want to talk, I just don't find what they have to say about recruiting visits to be unique or interesting.
Years ago, a parent of a high-profile recruit who didn't pick Mizzou once told me if the local media gave more coverage to his son's unofficial campus visits he might have picked Mizzou. Sorry, but I'm not going there.
There's also an ethical component here. Recruits are now announcing when they're going to cut down their lists to 12 schools. And either they expect coverage of that news or the readers expect coverage. Sorry, not from me. That's not news. That's a retweet, maybe. Especially because we've seen plenty of recruits who announce a top 12 - and then a pick a school that's not among those 12. If you're ready to make a real decision, great. I'll write about that. But the same recruit who wants to make headlines for trimming his list from 24 to 12 is the same recruit three years later who complains that he's under too much scrutiny once he's a college player and living in the bubble of celebrity life as a college player. So, if there's an interesting and unique human interest story to write about or some hard news to report, I'll delve into recruiting. Otherwise, if the kid is good enough, I'll write about him once he gets on campus.