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I'm right there with you. I guess a kid that has committed but chooses not to sign on the early signing day could be viewed as a soft commit. In other words, that school is out in front, but it's not a done deal. And I agree that I can't think of any valid reasons not to implement this. There could be a caveat on both ends - if the coach leaves before the regular signing day, the player can get out of it. And if the player gets in trouble (which would have to be clearly defined), the school can get out of it.
Just out of idle curiosity, does the possibility of daddy getting hired by a major university a reason to release a student-athlete from an early signing? Just thought I'd ask...
You make another great point with the kids being freed from their commitments if a coach is fired/leaves. Also what a surprise that the southern schools are the main objectors, they can't get enough of their over-signing so it makes sense that they'd be afraid of being forced to actually make decisions.
Edit: Please watch your language. - TW
This post was edited by Todd Worly 16 months ago
Sine Missione -- Never be a spectator for unfairness or stupidity, argue for arguments sake; the grave will give plenty of time for silence.
It sure is interesting how times have changed. Signing to play college football is basically the same as signing a professional contract.
It's a shame that society views high school students (young men) like this. Most of the athletes who play college sports don't play professional sports.
I don't know Mr. Hill's situation, his parent's situation, or any other athlete's situation.
As a parent, when my children are old enough to go to college and are at the talent level of being able to play D-1 sports, I would believe it to be in their best interest in choosing a school that also fits the academic needs. I'm thinking Hill's decision has nothing to do with academics, but maybe I'm wrong and it does.
I don't agree with having athletes sign early to go to a college to play sports. It traps them. I don't feel a parent would want their child to sign early, then be trapped into a situation of being forced to play at a school they later decide they don't want to go to.
It degrades the whole reason we have universities. Sports are extracurricular for most college athletes. For most students it's a way to pay for their education if they are on scholarship. A very small percentage will play pro ball.
Maybe Delano Hill flipped because Michigan had an academic program he was interested in. I highly doubt it. When a highly recruited high school athlete flips schools they are committed to, especially in D-1 football, it's usually because they already have the mindset they will have a better opportunity to win at the other school and help their own chances to go pro.
I'm pretty sure his decision was made based on thinking his best chances to go to the NFL run through Ann Arbor. If the status of the programs were reversed and it was Michigan who had a 4-win season, I highly doubt Hill would have flipped.
I wish Mr. Hill the best and I hope his football career works out. If football doesn't work out for him, I hope he chooses a top notch career path through his education.
It's time Kirk Ferentz needs to change his recruiting tactics.
Just curious what you think could've been changed recruiting wise for Hill? I think its hard for any player from Michigan to pass up an offer from the Wolverines. As far as academics go, you can't go wrong with Michigan or Iowa though Michigan is considerably more prestigious IMO.
As I quoted in a post earlier in this thread, he told me he thought Michigan was a better fit for him academically and athletically. There's no way to get inside someone's head, but it does seem like academics were under some consideration here.
I agree with this. By no means am I saying that Iowa's recruiting efforts are beyond criticism, but in this case, I'm not sure there was anything they could do.
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