National Letter of Intent.
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Friday, February 13, 2015
The Evolution of the Game: The Early Commitment
The first Wednesday in February, more commonly referred to as National Signing Day is the most anticipated day in college football after the National Championship. National Signing Day is when every senior high school football that is recruited signs their letter of intent to finalize the decision on where to play college football. For many of these athletes, their college team of choice was announced months or even years before this anticipated Wednesday as an early commit.
Players are not the only ones not honoring their commitment, the school can be just as guilty. The term “Blanket Recruiting” has been used to describe the enormous amount of offers a school gives to athletes during the recruiting process. Schools such as Alabama, Ohio State and Louisville each gave out over 200 offers to athletes for the singing class of 2015. Mike Farrell describes is as offering a ton of kids and you’re slow-playing the ones you don’t want.3 If a school finds a kid that’s better than a player that plays the same position, they will pull that offer at the last minute.
1Kantor, J. (2015, February 3). Flipping programs: What's the value of a commitment in college football recruiting? Retrieved February 8, 2015.
2Elliot, B. (2012, July 21). LSU Offers 8th-Grader Dylan Moses. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
3Chiang, A. (2014, August 2). Commitment issues: Scholarship offers not always honored by colleges. Retrieved February 8, 2015.