Kids, they have your table waiting. Please come this way.

Speaking of “you know how to take the reservation, you just don’t know how to hold the reservation”, SEC coaches are quite the maitre ds when it comes to the new early signing period.

Many SEC coaches have a new phrase to describe early commitments that still take their allowed five official campus visits and have some doubt leading into the month of February: reservations.

“If a guy doesn’t sign in December, you know he’s not committed. He’s got a reservation,” Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin said. “It’s got potential to really help everybody as a cost-cutting measure. By that time, our guys have usually committed. We’re not down to the wire except for a couple, maybe three guys. We spend the month of January basically spending money to see a guy every week. If he doesn’t sign then, that clears the picture up. He’s not really committed to you.”

Sumlin’s program currently has 95 offers out in his 2018 recruiting class.

Many coaches are using the “reservation” term to vilify prospects that they see are still flirting with other college programs while taking up one of their 25 signee spots in a recruiting class.

This “reservation” term might serve a de-facto ultimatum from Power 5 Conference programs for a prospect to either sign in December or get left behind.

“Some of the commitments nowadays are reservations, so they’re really not a commitment. You find out in December if the guy is committed to you,” South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp said. “If he’s not signing in December you better rethink your numbers or continue to recruit because you’re not sure you can sign him in February. That will bring some clarity to it.”

However, the “reservation” term is very much cloak and dagger both ways. According to, Auburn currently has scholarship offers out to 185 prospects for the 2018 recruiting class, and while that number seems like a lot it’s not close to leading the SEC. According to, Georgia has 262 scholarship offers out for the 2018 class, Alabama has 238 and Mississippi State has topped the 300 mark.

It becomes more than interesting when Muschamp, whose South Carolina program has 222 scholarship offers out for this recruiting class, referencing loyalty by using a passive aggressive term like “reservation” for a decision by a 17-18 year-old when they won’t take the offered scholarships of 197 prospects because of the 25-man limit to recruiting class by SEC programs.

“One of the big things we need to look at is if a majority of kids are signing Dec. 15, that’s really going to affect how we do things in the future,” said Muschamp, who has 222 offers pending.

Hell, Kevin Sumlin looks like a chump with only 95 offers out there.  If you ain’t offerin’, Kevin, you ain’t tryin’.



Filed under Recruiting, SEC Football

18 responses to “Kids, they have your table waiting. Please come this way.

  1. Dawgflan

    262 offers for 25 spots.
    We’ve come a long way, baby…


  2. Jack Klompus

    Truth be told, 240 of those UGA offers are to QBs.


  3. TXBaller

    This is the major factor driving the lack of “commitments” for UGA, Ala, etc…in this current cycle.


  4. Paul

    And what’s the new phrase to describe the coach who jumps to another school for more money only days after the signing period ends?


  5. Gaskilldawg

    So 197 high school seniors will have to wait to December 2017 for clarity about Will Muschamp’s commitment to them?


  6. Macallanlover

    The words “scholarship offer” from schools are as misleading as the use of “committed” by HS athletes. This process has the potential to make things more honest, or at least reduce the deception, and I hope it does. Having over 100 “offers” out is the beginning of the lies told in recruiting so it isn’t surprising the athletes have no trouble misusing “commitment”.

    I love the rule change but feel setting a cap on the percentage of a class that can sign in December (say 50-66%) could allow some time to help insure the right partners get married by early February….no guarantees, but feel we need a “waiting period” before that final stretch run.



    The amount of offers out by all the schools is staggering to me…they cannot all be legit. I still say no need for a signing day…school makes an offer, kid can accept..done deal…binding on all sides..cut out the bullshit.


    • Macallanlover

      Nothing wrong with that either, but I would restrict it to those who have completed their junior year of HS. The idea of offering sophomores, or younger, is akin to kiddie porn (OK, not that bad but based on the same premise of too damned early.)


      • PTC DAWG

        Not sure why you would want to punish the younger kids..if they get a full scholarship offer, they should be able to take it. Pending them graduating from HS etc…


        • Macallanlover

          Because some get “offers” in the 8th grade. And the length of time where so much can happen/change is greater thus the chance of not making the best decision. I think a letter to a 10th grade student (age 15-16) to express interest is enough to let them know there might be more to come. Why begin pushing/pressuring him any earlier? That gives the athlete time to begin researching and following that program and it’s opportunities but doesn’t require any more, there are two more full years to allow that relationship to grow without either misrepresenting how it may end.


    • Trbodawg

      This +++


  8. Hogbody Spradlin

    After the December signing period, we are gonna see coaches freaking out when one or two of their top commitments says he’ll wait until February to decide. I look forward to the double talk.


  9. ApalachDawg

    How are these offers considered official? Did they get those numbers from the school or the kid that said he was offered?


  10. 69Dawg

    Remember the old game of chicken. Well December is going to be interesting. From the coaches standpoint he is better equipped since apparently they are issuing offers out the ass. The kid faces the hard fact that if, and it’s a big if, the coach will let him sign a LOI in December the coach really really likes you. What happens when the wrong 25 guys accept the offer and the coach has to say we really didn’t mean it. This seems to be the coaches one and only shot at f*ing the players. After this year the players parents are going to BBQ some of these coaches for what is about to happen to the Jimmy’s and Joe’s future.


    • Macallanlover

      Maybe, get your popcorn ready. But this is better for the athletes to me, it exposes the con earlier and gives them a chance to evaluate other opportunities before the door slams in their face, or the music stops and they have no chairs to land in. Clearing some of the debris out of the way adds clarity to me, just don’t see how that is a good thing. The sheer number of “offers” out there shows the size of the problem.


      • 69Dawg

        Oh I agree it is ultimately going to benefit the players. It’s that this year has the feel of an impending train wreck. After this year it will become don’t ask me to the dance if you don’t really mean it.