I've read that UM has extended over 130 offers, and yet we are anticipating an average to smaller than average incoming class in 2011.
Tim recently commented that some offers are not weighted as heavily as others, but rather some are just 'hey we'd love to have you play for UM'. (I am paraphrasing from memory).
How does offering recruits work? My experience is that once an offer is extended, and then accepted, then it is essentially binding. Of course until (and even after) a legal contract is signed there are ways of parting, but it generally leads to very negative situations and occasionally lawsuits.
Is it as simple as: 1) offer extended, 2) offer accepted, 3) offer retracted, sorry your out-of-luck, we've found someone we like better? This sequence appears too harsh for high school kids and their college ambitions, and something the NCAA would have stymied years ago. Or is this actually how it works?
So, what has me perplexed is with over 130 offers already for 2011, and obviously some of those offers are to those first-tier, second-tier, third..etc... What happens if a large number of lowest-tier players accept their offers (why wouldn't they jump at a chance to play for UM) before January/February 2011 when the top-rated players generally announce? Can RR just say "sorry, but we take it back"?