Munson's Musings: Why not?

College recruiting has become a big game. Who can offer whom the earliest? How many offers will they extend? Making offers just to string a player along. Why not make an offer immediately tangible?

Bo Pelini hit the bulls-eye on Wednesday when he spoke with ESPN.com. An early signing period for NCAA football is gaining traction – would likely be sometime in late summer to early fall – but why have a specific date or dates?

"If somebody has offered a kid, let him sign, it's over," Pelini told ESPN.com this week. "That will stop some of the things that are happening -- people just throwing out offers, some of them with really no intention of taking a kid."

What has happened has led to shenanigans barley related to recruiting at all. Schools offering to keep their name and brand out there. To make national headlines or to keep a player from possibly going to a conference/rival opponent.

And for what? What's really at stake? The school? The coach? Has it really ever been nailed down that a coach missed on a recruit that led to a program falling back to the dark ages of college football.

No.

What is at stake here is the recruit's future. Why should they have to contend with a process that has disingenuous thoughts? Why are some of the nation's "best" recruiters permitted to speak out of both sides of their mouth when it comes to their commitment to their kids and then treat a recruit like that?

Inevitably, it comes down to the success of their own program. The recruit's offer list, after the sign elsewhere, is merely a measuring stick of lost value on his freshman bio.

What's more is the art of recruiting is so easy even a caveman can do it. An offer isn't simply an offer. It's all going to depend on certain things. One of those things is where a school is at when it comes to the other players on their board if a player tried to commit.

"Things would slow down dramatically," Pelini said in his interview. "Some of these kids get 60 offers. Some of these people don't even know who a kid is. The whole thing gets watered down. There's no way some [team] can take that many guys."

Again it comes down to making the offer tangible. The process now is backwards. Schools are getting to make the choice on who they want based on offering players they would never intend on taking – now or later in his recruitment. There isn't another process that resembles college football recruit in the real world.

Early signing period or no signing period all together something has to change. Put the power back in the recruits' hands and let them make the decisions based on valid options and put meaning again in the word "offer". It's a novel idea, Coach Pelini. Simple. Pure.

***Uploaded and edited by Josh Harvey ***


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