A teenager changed his mind, and LSU's paying the price.
According to a report by The Advocate, LSU has received recruiting sanctions from the SEC as a result of a recruit's decision to not enroll with the Tigers after signing a financial aid agreement. The Tigers are prohibited from signing recruits to FAAs for two recruiting cycles and must forfeit 10 percent of their evaluation days this spring, according to the report.
LSU reported the violations itself, according to the report.
The aforementioned recruit was not named in the records obtained by The Advocate, but it's likely a result of four-star offensive tackle Matt Womack, who signed with Alabama earlier this month.
Womack originally committed to LSU last summer and signed an FAA in August with intentions of enrolling at LSU this semester. That FAA granted LSU unlimited contact with Womack. Now the Tigers are getting punished for it.
Womack decided against enrolling early after signing that FAA with LSU. He eventually backed off from the Tigers altogether and flipped his commitment to Alabama in December. He signed with the Tide on National Signing Day.
But because Womack did not enroll at the school he signed an FAA with, that contact LSU had with him is now being declared illegal.
The financial aid agreement was instituted in 2013. It does not bind a player to a school like a National Letter of Intent, but it does benefit both the player and school. It guarantees that the school must honor a player's scholarship should he enroll at that school, and it grants the school's coaches unlimited contact with the recruit. That can help schools prepare a student for his early enrollment and provides them ammunition in fending off other programs from stealing their commits.
Brandon Harris was famously one of the first recruits to take advantage of this in the Class of 2014. LSU signed four other recruits to FAAs in the 2015 class, all of whom enrolled this semester.
But it's the one that didn't that will now hurt LSU.
The Tigers face a significant reduction of its evaluation opportunities this spring, preventing them from watching as many recruits as other schools during the upcoming evaluation period. LSU will also be unable to have unlimited contact with its commits that plan to enroll early because those recruits won't be able to sign FAAs with the Tigers.
We probably won't see the direct effects of these sanctions until after this recruiting cycle comes to an end. But the harsh penalties send a message to college football that you shouldn't sign a kid to an FAA unless you're 100 percent positive that recruit will make it to your school.
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