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Kids are committing, but still looking. Kids are decommitting on signing day. Schools are pulling offers to committed players even without coaching changes. And with coaching changes it seems like - this year more than ever - everything resets as the new staff pulls offers and commits follow previous coach.
It has always happened but seems like it gets worse every year. Does the NCAA care since the verbal is unofficial anyway or does this lead to an early signing day.
in my opinion, the verbal has died. in today's media-frenzied(sp?) world, nothing is official until a recruit suits up and takes the field for a school. I just wish that kids wouldnt commit to schools very early in the process unless there is NO DOUBT in their mind that that school is where they wanna be for 3-4 years. If you are even the slightest bit unsure, take your visits and find out, I cannot stand all these Anzalone type kids though that are clearly letting others sway their decisions.
Maybe it is just a matter of the kids being more aware of how the game is played. If schools are going to offer 5-10 players at a particular position and possibly pull a kid's offer if a better prospect commits, then it only makes sense for a kid to not burn any bridges during the process in case he gets his pulled. Or it could just be 18 year old kids rushing or getting pressured into a decision and then changing their mind.
If the 4 star kid from USC stopped communicating with other schools when he commited a year ago and all of the sudden gets his scholorship deferred 3 days before he is supposed to enroll, then it will be more difficult to find a good fit for himself. I am sure there are schools that will take him because of his talent, but it might not be a good fit for him. Maybe his second or third choice are full now. And in the end, it is supposed to be about the kids.
The other thing is that we don't really know what goes on behind closed doors. We are quick to pass judgement when kid's decommit or schools pull schollies, but we usually do not know all the facts in the situation.
I am convinced that the NCAA doesn't really care because it keeps people talking about football another month after the championship game. Unless it costs them money or viewers, they probably won't get involved.
Kids are afraid of getting shut out. Offers are going out so early now, I think a lot of kids take the best offer they have at the time. I think they intend to honor it, unless something better comes along. It keeps them safe with somewhere they will be happy in case the other offers don't come or that uncommitable offer never converts to a commitable one.
Most verbals are soft nowadays anyways because of the way recruitment has gone lately. Coaches wanted to push up the clock and gets kids to verbal much earlier than the past and they use Hugh pressure tactics to do this, so kids feel like they have to verbal early, but like last year showed those verbals mean a lot less when a kid gets an offer from one of the true bluebloods in the country like an osu or bama.
Despite the recruiting cycle moving up so much the verbal commit is alive & well. Coaches do have to continue to 'recruit' their verbals, but ~ 90% of the kids stick to their verbals. Perhaps in the past it was more like 95+%.
Also, I haven't actually seen this yet "Schools are pulling offers to committed players even without coaching changes". Do you have any examples where this happens?
Most of these kids are 17 and making their first major decision. Could it be possible that they are not ready for the pressure and make an easy choice up front and then look back and say I goofed. Look at the Dawson issue with UM. He wanted in, then out then back in. Just a little immaturity. Then you have a very aggressive coach who is the hottest in the region coming in and making an offer so he gets the kids attention and creates just a little confusion for the 17 year old. A lot of issues for a 17 year old to sift through.
I don't think the verbal can go away. A team has to know who intends to sign to play for them. If they waited until signing day for all their commits, then they would have no clue who was coming. How would recruit for certain positions? If you needed 2 receivers they would offer more than that, what if the first 5 letters of intent all came from receivers? That would pose a problem.
In the end these are decisions that will effect the future of the kids lives. If they feel they have a better opportunity at another school, then that is their right to switch.
USC just did it to an early entry a few days before he was supposed to enroll. I know Louisville did it a few years ago (which is why Colerain won't let strong back in their school). Those are two that I know off of the top of my mind, but it happens a lot when kids get injured. Like when Purdue pulled an offer the day before signing day last year (maybe 2 years ago).
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