TOTALLY agree on point 1. No excuses ever, in sport or life. Would never bring that up at any point if I were an athlete or parent. For point 2, it only matters to recruiters in that they are seeing most likely a more physically mature athlete, which only helps them project. Walking my initial point back a bit, if I were to really have the chance to so it again I would have done it when he started school, not between middle school and HS. We debated it for a millisecond but elected against it not even considering either of our kids would be potential college athletes . Funny how that goes. You never know. And as many have said, which I can't argue against, perhaps the smaller size helped develop grit, tenacity etc. All in all, not something to get too caught up over.
Yup, and agree I over-generalized on #2... that can be a factor.