- Tom Luginbill, RecruitingNation
Boy, have things changed over the last 10 years or so. It used to be that a student-athlete being recruited to play football at the college level would take his time and all of his allowable official visits before deciding on where to spend the next five years of his life.
Back when there was no Internet, television or radio coverage devoted to recruiting, a prospect would play out his senior season, take his five official visits and make a decision in December or January before national signing day.
This is no longer the case, and with the emergence of combines, camps and unofficial summer visits, prospects these days seem to be in a big hurry to commit, even without seeing or knowing about every option available.
It seems like every year you will see at least one prospect commit to a school following his sophomore year and then change his mind. OG Antonio Logan-El (Forestville, Md.) did that last year, verbally committing to Maryland before later signing with Penn State. In this year's recruiting class, TE Aaron Hernandez (Bristol-Central, Conn.) had verbally committed to Connecticut after his sophomore season before switching his verbal to Florida following a recent unofficial visit.
And don't think college coaches haven't noticed the trend.
Scouts Inc.'s Tom Luginbill wrties that with prospects verbally committing earlier and earlier, schools must change the way they recruit.