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Don't blame Georgia for Griffin mixup

9/22/2012

Don't persecute Georgia for its handling Friday of the Kelsey Griffin situation.

The defensive tackle from Hochston (Ga.) Mill Creek called UGA to deliver his verbal commitment to the Bulldogs, only to learn that the Georgia coaches weren't ready to take it.

That's recruiting.

Scholarship offers often come with an undefined expiration date. In today's era of accelerated recruiting and classes that near completion months before signing day, schools must make decisions that leave prospects out in the cold.

Georgia has 27 commitments in its 2013 class, with room for a few more. The group includes three defensive tackles, including two from the junior-college ranks.

Griffin received his offer months ago. He stayed in regular contact with the Georgia coaches and felt good about his spot in the class.

Still, college programs regularly operate under the same principles that guide recruits, who are free to change their minds daily at this time of year.

Is that fair? Depends whom you ask. But until signing day, freedom rules in recruiting -- and it's a two-way street.

Many options remain for Griffin. Other Southeastern Conference programs want him. He might still land at Georgia.

The lesson here? A commitment isn't a commitment until it's accepted by the coaches who offer it. And even then, don't count it as official until February.