Commentary

Coaching changes often restart recruiting

Originally Published: November 29, 2007
By Bill Conley | Scouts Inc.
As the coaching carousel spins out of control, high school recruits around the country keep close watch on the daily firings, hires and rumors surrounding college football. Even though football recruits cannot sign a letter of intent until February, many have offered verbal commitments to specific colleges or universities. A verbal by a recruit and its acceptance by an institution are non-binding. When a coaching change takes place, all bets are off for both parties.

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AP Photo/Rogelio V. SolisNew Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt has a little more than two months to put his stamp on the Rebels class.
A coaching change, or even the rumor of a change, can cause a recruited athlete to have second thoughts. Here are some recent examples of recruits that have decommitted to schools that have made or may make changes in the coaching staff:

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