That verbal’s not worth the paper it’s printed on.

From Pat Forde’s column on this rather chaotic “commitment” season:

… According to Scouts Inc., ESPN.com’s recruiting bureau, 156 players have de-committed from one school in favor of another this recruiting season. Fourteen of those players de-committed more than once. Eleven of the de-commits rank among the ESPN 150.

And there’s this terrific quote from UNC’s Roy Williams concerning football verbal commitments:

“You’re not making a commitment,” Williams said. “You’re making a reservation.”

Let’s face it – this is the last time that the kid will enjoy anything close to equal leverage with the school. Once he’s on the dotted line, it’s not like he’ll have many attractive options if things don’t work out as he might have hoped. Just ask Ryan Mallett.

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UPDATE: Of course, it helps if you have a real offer in the first place.

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