Last July, I released an article on College football recruiting. This explained attending college campus’ and NOT hustle money camps. Today we will take a look at what the “offer” means and how it should be viewed in current college football recruiting.
Every year the recruiting game is a brand new world for athletes and parents. Obviously recruiting is the lifeblood of a college program, but many fans didn’t really follow it year-round. They just wait to see the product on the field and don’t know any better.
The last few years though, recruiting has absolutely taken off, and the importance and the interest has grown immensely to the point there are multiple dedicated subscription paid websites.
So as someone who has followed recruiting closely for awhile now, I thought I’d give you a quick rundown of a trend going on in college football recruiting, and it centers around the “offer“.
Someone asked me the other day, “what the heck is the point of offering a kid a scholarship if he can’t accept it or commit to it?”
What he’s referring to are offers given to kids, that are clarified to be offers that are NOT committable. Meaning if the player tried to commit to the offer, he’d probably be turned down or told to wait. Almost like having last weeks winning lottery ticket numbers played this week.
So the question stands, why make an offer to a kid if you won’t accept his commitment?
Most “offers” to kids at this stage, are bogus offers. Sure many are the real deal, but many are nothing more than a way for the school to stay in the game with a prospect without losing ground on him to other schools. When in reality, the offer isn’t a committable one, though it could be down the road.
- These “offers” mostly consist of certain verbiage such as, “we are offering you a scholarship depending on three main goals being met:
- keeping your grades up,
- continuing to get better on the field,
- staying out of trouble off the field.
That way the school has “offered” the prospect, but they have given themselves wiggle room if the prospect wanted to commit right then, saying the offer is based on certain things that must be met first.
Nowadays, offers go out before evaluations are even made on many of these kids. If not, then you won’t sign up many of these prospects to on field camps. So if you “offer” a player before making an evaluation, you can see why the so-called offers aren’t exactly iron clad.
Now that the college game is making money and coaches well compensated, you better be very sure about a player before you sign him, or you will be fired. Well This approach to vet high school athletes to college is to make sure about a kid before they are offered a scholarship over a series of years. Years beyond the coach in some instances.
Problem with that is by the time a full evaluation is done on a player, if you haven’t offered him, other schools have and you don’t have a chance to sign him. Especially now with a December early signing period and a truncated off season for coaches.
Basically the “offers” are a way to keep the school in the thick of the race for the kid, but if he tried to commit at that time, he would be turned down. That’s the way the game is being played now. Usually by July prior to a senior season a decision should be made at the division one level. Unless a late bloomer arises it is fairly certain a Senior will not be recruited at the highest level and the NAIA, D2, D3 coaches will set up events to lure you to their campus events from November to January.
Many colleges have offered well over 150 kids to a scholarship this year so far. Keep in mind you can only bring in 25 players a year, so offering 150 -300 seems outrageous. But not when you take into account that many of those offers are simply a way to stay in touch with a player that might be further down the board, but you might want him down the road if you have lost out on other top targets. It basically gives you a backup plan.
Some might think this is disingenuous to the player if he thinks he has an offer, but it really does not. The kid could turn down other schools thinking he has an offer from a big time school, only to find out that it isn’t exactly a committable offer at the time. But that’s the way the game is being played right now, and it’s up to the player to find out just how sincere this offer is.
If school A reads about a stud player that has 10 offers, that school will most likely send an offer in the mail as well, whether they think they want him or not. The point is to not fall behind in case you do need or want that player.
So you get your foot in the door with an “offer”, and then evaluate him. If he’s a player you want, then you become the first school to offer him, and he remembers that and it’s your advantage.
If he’s a player you do not want, then you just forget to call him come spring.
Offers breed offers.
I can’t tell you how many times you will see a kid that is relatively under the radar get an offer from a big time BCS school, and within a month he will have interest from many more programs. If one premier school is “offering” the kid, then maybe we should get in on him too. In some instances alumni force coaches to make offers to family friends to kick start the process. Also if another family member had success they will take a gamble prior to the evaluation or film study.
The bottom line is you have to offer kids earlier now, if you don’t, you probably won’t land the prospect because everyone else already has “offered” him.
Recruiting is an ever evolving game, and this is just one of many little “secrets” that recruiting entails, but you must grasp this concept to have a better understanding of how the game is being played these days.
All we can say is DO NOT believe the hype of rankings, ratings and stars. It just takes one coach to believe in an athlete and if you attended a college camp of a school you have interest in attending if athletics was not an option that should be your best plan A. Attending college or a university should be about post secondary education not a future in sports. Like an “Offer” you as a student have to evaluate your future and the next 60 years of life. So chose wisely and keep informed as it is your future at stake. Make the right choices and a campus you can call home for 4, 5 or even 6 years.
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Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field or on Twitter As always we will post #BreakingNews on @303Gonzo twitter and facebook.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.