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How would you reduce the number of recruiting decommitments?

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FROMTHE18's picture

its their life and its a massive decision for them, so I think schools, coaches, and the NCAA should respect that, so i vote "Nothing"

MN Buckeye's picture

Some schools may press pretty hard for early commitments, which can mean that recruits are pressured into it before they may be fully ready.  I think that Urban's approach is the best, make sure that the kids have taken visits and seen other schools so that they are certain about their decision once they do commit.  Changing the signing day schedule will only create other issues.

steensn's picture

Id love to have an early signing day or move up the date. Again, I agree with what others stated, if actual skin is in the game they wont just commit flippantly. Further, schools wont just throw out offers so early as well.
But in all reality, the only reason it is an "issue" is national media and us. Should they change the process because it doesn't make us happy as fans? Should this be part of the college football fan experience? Hafta question that.

AndyVance's picture

This is spot on on both counts - this wouldn't be an issue at all if the "recruiting industry" wasn't such a huge part of the media's coverage of college football.
That said, I think it would make some amount of sense for athletes to have an "early decision" option, similar to what you have (or at least had when I was applying to Ohio State) for applying to college in general. I applied via early decision, and was "committed" to Ohio State in November or December of my senior year in high school. I realize that some players do enroll early - we have a half dozen or so this year who did so - but I think an option for players to commit early if they so choose would be a good option for them to have.

bucknasty13's picture

You could make them sign when they commit but I generally think kids should be able to change their minds.

OSUs12-OH's picture

It's not that bad of a problem...yet.  However I worry if what happened with ND's former commit Eddie Vanderdoes and FSU commit who finally decided to honor his commitment isn't addressed by the NCAA in the future (which it won't be).  Those are the situations I worry about most and I'd assume (not to make an ass of you and me but...) DI HC's are thinking the same thing.  

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JKH1232's picture

 So, I'd hardly call recruiting decommittments a "problem"- these are kids trying to sort out their future, and I think they should make sure they make the best decision for them that they can.  That may mean that they think they want to go somewhere, then visit a place and change their mind- it turns out, that second place is just perfect for them. (It happened when I was picking a college, so I an understand.)
 
That said, I'd be in favor of offering a n early signing day- not for fans or people who follow recruiting, but for kids who have offers from their dream schools, don't want to go anywhere else, and want to stop being nice to that coach who keeps calling to tell them what a shit school their choice is, and they really ought to think about coming to a school they just have no interest in.  It'll save their time, and the time of coaches. 

UrbzRenewal's picture

It's not a problem- kids are kids. 

NCBuckeye1's picture

I vote for the option of an early signing day, if a player wants to utilize it, so that the constant recruiting stops. Some kids commit very early in the process because they KNOW where they would like to play their college football and wish to focus on their schoolwork and their senior year of football, without all of the other distractions (the constant phone calls, interviews, letters in the mail). 
The kids who want to drag their commitment out should be able to do that, but the kids that want to commit (a player like Terry McLaurin) and have all of the other "stuff" stop should also be allowed that opportunity, and an early signing date would allow for that.

"Without winners, there wouldn't even be civilization." -- Woody

chicagobuckeye's picture

While I agree an early signing period would be helpful to cut off other schools from bother recruits if they feel that way, I don't think that solves the decommitment issue.  I don't think its a problem at all, but there would be advantages and disadvantages to an early signing period.

NCBuckeye1's picture

Of course, maybe I misunderstood the question. I guess what I was getting at was that if you allow a recruit to sign early if they choose to, then obviously they would be unable to de-commit from the school that they signed for.  
While most kids who commit an de-commit from schools obviously would not benefit from this, it would help to improve the recruitment process as a whole, IMO.

"Without winners, there wouldn't even be civilization." -- Woody

Hovenaut's picture

I'd like to hear from Gunner Kiel.

"Success - it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

Jugdish's picture

And Alex Anzalone!

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Seabass1974's picture

The schools and the NCAA have everything in their favor, the kids can have at least one thing in their favor and that is the ability to change their minds.

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. - Woody Hayes

rdubs's picture

I agree with this sentiment very much, however one might argue that an early signing period might give the players more leverage, because it forces the teams to really decide who they want at that point and not just put out 300 offers some of which might not be committable.  Also it would prevent the people from being recruited if they just want to end the process.  Of course I think there should be outs for things like coaching changes or sanctions.

Young_Turk's picture

I would have a couple goals with a program to manage this, allow for reduction in the nonsense, treat the commitment like a contract (or close as you can get with a 17 year old).
1)  Allow a potential recruit to set his max level of desired contacts.  Schools need to report all contacts, within a week.  
2)  Set an early signing day so a recruit could commit early, and bypass all of the nonsense.
3) A commitment is just that.  No de-commits, unless the recruit loses a year of eligibility.  No impact on scholarship, just eligibility.