Conflicting reports out of Utah

Reports out Utah regarding Haloti Ngata and his possible verbal commitment to BYU are conflicting. Ngata, 6-4, 310, from Highland High School in Salt Lake City is regarded as the top defensive lineman in the country. Ngata had reportedly made a verbal commitment to Nebraska a few weeks ago. Last week some Duck fans thought that Ngata may have given a verbal commitment to Oregon, though Ngata has not been directly quoted as doing so.

Today the is reporting with a direct quote from Ngata that he is going to BYU. Meanwhile, the Salt Lake City Tribute is reporting also with a direct quote from Ngata that he has not decided anything yet.

Duck fans have been clinging to the hope that indeed the Tribune report is more accurate than the Desert News report.

This incident with Ngata is a good illustration of why verbal commitments are non-binding and that only until the National Letter of Intent is signed is any commitment set. The situation makes eDuck Sports glad that we do not call recruits. The confusion and turmoil that has been created for the young man and his family must be significant and we are glad we are not directly contributing to the problem. While we are very happy to be able to pass along reports of commitments when they are made, we recognize how quickly things can change for the young student-athletes. There is certainly nothing new about a recruit changing his mind about where he wants to go to school. We have seen in the past a player give several verbal commitments to different programs, and in fact we recall an incident of a young man sending two Letters of Intent to two different schools. A seventeen or eighteen year old facing some big life decisions about where he may go to college and play football is an important decision and a decision needing to be well made. Regardless of how neutral and unbiased a reporter from a web site devoted to a particular school can be, it is certainly possible that a youngster with the personality that wants to please will give an answer that he thinks the reporter wants to hear. If two Utah newspapers get two different answers it isn't hard to image what kind of quotes two fan based web sites might get.

So for now there seems to be plenty of room for Ngata to make his decision to go to the place best suited for him.

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