The true meaning of commitment

Michael Carvell asks a bunch of coaches how they feel about the about-to-be early signing period.  There’s a bunch of talk about commitment, but most of it’s pretty one-sided, as you might expect.  Coaches gonna coach, and all.  On that side, it’s pretty much distilled into a paragraph by Bert:

“I love the early signing period just for two reasons. First, it allows the kid who wants to come and be somewhere to go ahead and sign. It can really be a cost-effective measure that you don’t have to keep recruiting him in December and January. You know, (with the way we do it now) you’re just kind of babysitting him, even though you know he’s coming. You’re just worried that somebody else is working him. I think it’s going to save a tremendous amount of time and dollars for coaches. And then the second thing, and it makes the most sense, it clears up the recruiting process for the people who want to get it cleared up. I think there are too many times where there’s so much time in there, some doubt can begin to creep into those minds of kids where they have been 100-percent committed for so long … and it gets a kid in a bad situation, and just leads to confusion. I think that part is real.”

Saving money and not letting doubt into the picture.  What else do you need?

The coach who gets it right is Hugh Freeze, who, interestingly enough, opposes the early signing period rule.  He’d prefer something I’d like to see – sign and drive.

“You know what I want? I wish that if a kid commits to us, and we’re truly committed to him, I’d like to send him the papers right then. And you will find out who is really committed on both sides. I would say start this in August of his senior year. If a kid is committed to you, you can send them the papers to sign. You will find out really quickly which schools are committed to which kids, and which schools are committed to which kids. We’ll stop all the shenanigans about the lack of commitment, and what commitment really means…”

Keep preaching, brother.

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11 responses to “The true meaning of commitment

  1. Although worded differently, both coaches want the same thing. Freeze, imho, is the bigger d-bag because of the Tunsil recruiting situation. And why do I care? Because I like the Dogs.

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  2. Cojones

    It won’t hurt us that I can see. Let Eason and Co bag’em.

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  3. ChilliDawg

    Sure. All well & good. What happens when someone decides they want that ESPN cred? Weekly college signing programming (hey, more programming to sell for Mickey & Co.)? And then there’s that whole NLI signing thang? When they don’t sign it, is everybody going to take “The Genius” route and move on to the next player? Hugh & the boys are just setting it up to “always be recruiting.”

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  4. Monday Night Froetteur

    Freeze appears to want an even earlier early signing period. He’s not against it in principle.

    As usual, early signing periods are bad for players, and great for most coaches. Not so great for the elite recruiters who have lots of early-entry NFL guys on their teams.

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    • I don’t think the early periods are necessarily bad. There are many borderline players that would love to have things wrapped up early.

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      • Cojones

        What would hurt some teams is those guys signing first and no one else joining them until Feb. Would early signup end recruiting that day or just cause the late signers to string it out for more mon…uh… profound soul searching?

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      • Monday Night Froetteur

        If they want to “wrap things up early” now they can. What an early period would do is trap kids like Nate Andrews at Minnesota instead of allowing him the opportunity to play at Florida State.

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        • Macallanlover

          I have always favored an early signing date but that may have gone up in smoke with the Roquon Smith situation, we will have to wait and see how this impacts the elite recruits. But allowing early signing is something I hope happens, and I think it favors both sides, perhaps not equally, but a majority of the middle of the road recruits will opt to sign early if given the chance, imo. Nothing will prevent the “all about me”, elite guys from having their spotlight opportunities at the televised games and on the last possible date.

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          • Macallanlover

            Sorry for the double post. Not so MNF, they can “wrap it up” in their own minds but can do nothing officially until NSD, they cannot sign a LOI until then, and nothing can prevent them from getting dumped at the last moment (ala Petrino.)

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  5. timphd

    As I see it all an early signing period will do is move up the calendar. Kids will verbally commit and still need to be “baby sat” until signing day and opposing coaches will work on winning them earlier. If they could sign freshmen they would start recruiting in 7th grade. Oh wait. Les Miles already does.

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    • adam

      Freeze probably just wants to flash cash at a recruit and get him to sign on a visit. We know how they work in Oxford. A “sign anytime” setup would be a disaster.

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