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Should recruits commit early?

Discussion in 'College Football' started by DoctorSJ, Feb 8, 2005.

  1. DoctorSJ

    DoctorSJ Beat the Irish until they can't River Dance!

    would you commit early??

    I was thinking earlier today - I would definitely commit early and get it over with - a lot of these recruiting issues seem like fiascoes at times - I just want it over with but I don't thrive on attention either. What about everyone else?
  2. SHAKES2003

    SHAKES2003 Newbie

    my opinion

    THis is my opinion, I would prolly wait til everyone that I want to see me does and i gets a good evaluation of me. Once I had ALL the offers that I wanted I would visit every school and then figure out which one fit me the best and positioned my self to succeed not only in Athletics but Academics. I think alot of people dont realize it's just like when we were picking colleges what the enviroment was like, the type of majors offered matter alot, the only difference is that these kids have to evaluate which coaches, team and facilities they like on top of the academics. I would choose whatever school I felt the most comfortable with.
  3. HineyBuck

    HineyBuck Old newb

    If Jim Tressel or one of his staff contacted me, I would commit on the spot. . . . even before I had an offer. But that's just me -- an old fart wistfully thinking about what might have been.

  4. gost8

    gost8 Living and loving life

    I think the fiasco is only as big as you let it get. Some of these boys love the attention. I mean lets face it... a lot of these guys will go somewhere and you will more than likely never hear of them again. So they want the spot light. If they can have it for a year, all the better. There is a big trend in sports now of once you get noticed, make all you can of it. (Freddy Mitchell)

    To answer your question, (I guess we are assuming you could play anywhere you wanted) I think I would take all my visits, just for the travel. Then commit, and most importantly stick to that commitment.

  5. BuckStocksHere

    BuckStocksHere Semper Fi!

    I would not commit early, as I would like to take all my allotted official visits to see places I had never been or would like to go. For example - Hawaii, Miami, UCLA, San Diego State, maybe a Texas or Georgia or Alabama. Lots of women to see at all!

    Then I would committ to tOSU. But I would first tell Coach Tressell that I am committed to him but want to take my visits to "have fun".

    One thing I would like to see is this - the NCAA would allow any recruits to automatically dissolve their LOI if the coach were to leave or get fired before enrolling. I think this is fair to all parties.
  6. Oh8ch

    Oh8ch Cognoscente of Omphaloskepsis Staff Member

    I am moving this to the regular football board. Even though it is a recruiting topic let's try to keep the recruiting board focused on specific players and at least away from purely speculative threads.

    But, to answer the question - as much as I bleed Scarlet (I really do - I checked) as a coach or parent I would advise my kids to take their visits. If OSU is the place - no harm done. If you change your mind it is a good thing you took the visits. This is about your future - not an emotional relationship to a mascot.
  7. JohnnyCockfight

    JohnnyCockfight Beer is God's proof that he loves us.

    I would commit early mainly because I wouldn't be able to deal with the invasion of privacy that goes on by these recruiting websites like rivals and the insiders.

    The early commitment would be to Michigan, and the letter of intent would be faxed in to Ohio State, with a simple statement like I'd rather play for a winner and not for a whiney-face.
  8. heisman

    heisman World Renowned scUM Hater Staff Member

    I committed early, and it was a big mistake. I spent my entire senior season being "coached" by my future college coach. That's all I needed! I could have spent my entire senior season being treated like a king by all my pursuers, instead I got treated like the red headed step child. :(
  9. gost8

    gost8 Living and loving life

    I would have to believe that all the invasion of privacy and constant phone calls will happen regardless of when you commit. If they can't make you want to come to their school they sure as heck will try to make you change your mind about where you do want to go. I mean just because Chris Wells committed to tOSU the other day doesn't mean scUM, OU and all the other interested places will stop calling.

  10. JohnnyCockfight

    JohnnyCockfight Beer is God's proof that he loves us.

    It goes without saying that there will be some level of privacy invaded. However, I think it's obvious that Todd Denlinger and Jim Cordle led more peaceful lives than did Lawrence Wilson and Jason Gwaltney over the past several months.
  11. gost8

    gost8 Living and loving life

    Very true.... like I said earlier though, it depends on the individual. I can't say this about Wilson but I think Gwaltney loved every minute of the "unpeacefullness" (probably not a word:) ) I see what you are saying though Johnny.

  12. dragonknight

    dragonknight Newbie

    I'd commit to the first school I liked that offered me and then still take visits. It might be selfish, but by committing early you're safe in case of injury. You can still take visits and change your mind, but it gives you a nice fallback. Brian Hartline is only at OSU because of an early committment. He could well be an Indiana or a MAC school otherwise. Someone would've taken a risk on an extremely talented kid with a broken leg, but I'm not sure an OSU or scUM would've.
  13. stxbuck

    stxbuck Woody wore Sambas

    If OSU offered me early, I would commit on the spot and just enjoy my senior year w/out distractions. I really wouldn't want to take 5 long airplane rides. That said, if I was getting recruited by a lot ofschools, but not OSU, I would really need to take the visits to figure out where I wanted to go. I'd definitely check out Miami, Northwestern,BC, Stanford, and Cal, as well as UVa.
  14. BrutusBobcat

    BrutusBobcat Icon and Entertainer

    Turning this around a little -- Tressel seems to be very adept at landing early committments. Witness MoC and Zwick in the '02 class, O'Neal and Boone in this class, Chris Wells and Ross Homan in the '06 class, and probably others I'm forgetting.

    My question is this: as much as guys in this thread are talking about how you'd take all of your visits, weigh your options and so forth, what do you think Tressel could say to you that would make you change your mind and pull the trigger early?
  15. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    If a recruit tells a school to stop calling, then that school has to legally stop calling. If they don't, the recruit contacts the NCAA to file a complaint, and also goes to court to issue a TRO against the school. It's that simple.

    As for what I would do, I would commit to OSU, but let JT know that although my commitment is solid, I would still take all other allowable visits as a fallback (OSU staff pulling my offer, my failing to meet OSU admissions, etc.). I would then take visits to the most exotic places that gave me offers (Miami, USC/UCLA, Hawaii, etc.). Then I'd sign with OSU on NLOID.

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