Green "signs" but what's that mean exactly?

IT HAS BECOME a popular trend in college football over recent years for prospects to enroll early and partake in spring ball. On Thursday, Mike Leach and WSU announced that Sacramento, Calif. speedster Calvin "The Flash" Green plans to do just that, after he signed a financial aid agreement with the Cougs and will arrive to Pullman in January. But what does that mean exactly?

Note: A financial aid agreement shouldn't be confused with a Letter of Intent. A financial aid agreement is not binding in the way an LOI is -- and the student-athlete could still sign a binding LOI with a different school in February and enroll elsewhere.

But the financial aid agreement means the university is obligated to honor the scholarship, plus recruiting restrictions that previously were in place, such as limits on phone calls and in-person contact, are also lifted.

This is something new -- recruits previously did not sign financial-aid papers prior to Signing Day.

It came about after the NCAA released an interpretation by the academic and membership affairs staff stating that a prospect who intends to graduate from high school in the middle of an academic year, and enroll early at a university, may sign a financial-aid agreement on or after Aug. 1 of his senior year. So there will probably be a lot more of these to come concerning early high school graduates who enroll in January.

Green would arrive to WSU as a slot receiver in January, after verbally committing to Washington State in early June. He had plenty of colleges after him at the time of his verbal. The 5-10, 175-pounder chose the Cougs over offers from Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado, Fresno State, Colorado State, Nevada and several others.

"We are excited for Calvin to get in school and begin his Cougar career," head man Mike Leach said in a WSU press release. "He is a versatile player who can do a lot of things, explosive with the ball, and can play different positions.

He will also have the benefit of going through winter conditioning and spring practice as he adjusts to college life."

Green is rated three stars and the 78th best WR in the land by Through his first seven games this season for Luther Burbank high, Green has totaled 810 yards and seven touchdowns. As a junior in 2012, Green recorded 1,721 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Green is one of five that CF.C had earlier projected to enroll at Washington State in January. The others are junior college cornerback Joseph Turner and three holdovers from the 2013 crop: CB Markell Sanders, CB Marcellus Pippins and BUCK/DL Dylan Hanser.

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