I am curious about how and when scholarship offers are pulled off the table. There are several instances last year where it seems an offer may have been pulled:
- Yuri Wright (use of social media?)
- Stefon Diggs (going out of town during a scheduled visit?)
- Ron Thompson (didn't need him?)
- Pharaoh Brown (went on an official, therefore rescinding commitment, and possibly offer?)
- Tommy Schutt (didn't want, especially after Pipkins committed?)
In particular, I'm wondering what happens when a position group is largely filled. We have five offers accepted for 2013 on the offensive line. Does this mean that existing offers are "wait listed," ( i.e., "If a spot opens up, we'll let you know, but there isn't space now?") Or, if a player is rated highly enough (Tunsil?) they can commit at any time? Or, if a player is rated low enough, "thanks for your interest, but we no longer have room for you. Sorry it didn't work out."
For those of you who actually either played D-I ball or have been part of a coaching staff or have been related to a player, what does an offer look like? Are there conditions and strings attached?
In some ways, it seems a little bit like a game of "chicken," waiting to see who blinks first. If you wait too long, there is no longer a spot available. If you commit too quickly, maybe you don't investigate the field of suitors as comprehensively as you'd like.
I can see that at some positions, where several athletes have expressed serious interest, you are playing with fire if you don't commit soon enough. I don't think it was a coincidence that some of the offensive linemen who had serious interest pulled the string once they saw the positions filling up.