With all the hype and attention around recruiting now, coaches have to recruit a different way than they use to, that's for sure. As far as the number of scholorships that are out there, I don't think it's unreasonable.
You have to make sure you have a backup plan, in case plan A doesn't work. Think of it this way, had we not offered Tate and Denard, and said Kevin Newsome and Shavodrick Beaver are our guys, we would be screwed.
With the Williams situation, I don't think they expected him to make such a quick decision. I don't think it's weasely (sp?) though either. He could have easily told Travis to commit, and brought in the band and balloons to celebrate. I think it would be worse if he let the kid commit, if he really wasn't the number one option. This way, if a Lo Wood, Cullen Christian, or Dior Mathis commits, the kid still has options and doesn't have to go through decommitting.
I'm sure it's probably hard to offer a kid, then ask him not to commit unless they miss out on someone else. This is the easier way. I think this is both to make sure he's solid, and to wait for others first.
If they use this universally for kids that aren't the number one option, then it looks good as far as their image. It says they're not worried, and they know they can compete with anybody.
So, to sum it up. I don't think having this many offers out there is unusual, unethical, or stupid. I think it's smart, and will make sure we atleast get something, rather than throwing all our eggs into one basket. It looks better than letting kids commit right away, then having a messy divorce from either side.
I think everyone needs to calm down about who's committing and who's not. We already have a great recruiting class, and we just finished with Spring ball. I am very impressed with what Rich Rodriguez has done here so far, with how little we've shown on the field. He'll get it done; I'm confident.