Both a player and program have to know if an offer or commitment is right.

Oregon is after a quarterback for the 2017 recruiting class but seems a little gun shy when offering big name players. On Monday, Oregon quarterback coach Dave Yost visited Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas to talk to Tate Martell, 5-10.5, 203, the No. 1 quarterback nationally and the No. 12 player over all. However, when Yost left Las Vegas, Martell was still without an offer.

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Perhaps the reason the Ducks are hesitant in extending an offer to Martell is because a year ago Oregon had in interest in Martell, but he committed to Texas A&M. It was still early in the recruiting process when Martell committed to the Aggies (2015) and besides Oregon and Ryan Kelley were very much a recruiting item capped off by Kelley committing to the Ducks last fall.

Since then, both high school athletes changed their minds about where they want to spend the next four or five years of their lives.

It is a big decision and one that must be thoroughly thought out.

Interestingly, a Texas A&M coach Aaron Moorehead apologized for a rant on Twitter about recruits not honoring their word by de-committing. The timing of Moorehead’s initial critical message coincided with Martell’s change of heart. Moorehead denied that his remarks were directed at Martell, but Moorehead’s sentiment may not necessarily be so out of line with what other coaches think.

Last February, Mark Helfrich was asked about his thoughts about players switching their commitment and while his words were not as inflammatory as Moorehead's, Helfrich felt that his program intended to honor it's pledge to the player and felt the same should be returned.

The recruiting process be a very expensive proposition for football programs and the time and expense put in to a recruit can add up fast.

Years ago, former Oregon head coach Rich Brooks told a story of how the Ducks recruited a blue chip player and celebrated when the young man told Brooks he was headed to Eugene and even sent a letter of intent to prove his commitment.

Then as the weeks past and February turned to March and then into April and the Oregon coaches had not heard from the young athlete. Finally, Brooks decided to call the young man to see how things were going, but to his dismay, learned from the youngster’s mother that would be player apparently had a fight with his girlfriend and joined the Marine Corps. 

Now unlike college football, that requires a parent or legal guardian’s signature on a letter of intent, an enlistment contract then and still does not require parental approval. If the young man (or woman) is 18 years old, they don’t have anyone’s permission to join up.

Brooks never said what happened to the young man’s military career. It doesn’t really matter.

In that day and time, it was a bit harder to cancel the contract, a bit harder as in nearly impossible.

The point of course is that making such a major decision is a big deal for both the school and the young man.

Both should have a very good idea of what they want before an offer is extended or accepted.

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