Tater

December 21st, 2009 at 7:26 PM ^

I don't think so. It's more like "hostesses" and vegetable oil.

They did pry local (Largo, FL, 20 miles from USF campus) product Dexter McCluster away from USF after he had been "committed" for about five months. They definitely know something about "southern hospitality."

GRBluefan

December 21st, 2009 at 3:11 PM ^

with all of the new recruits on the radar Michigan decided it did not want to wait on a guy who hadn't made his decision public yet (pure speculation on my part)?

i.e., it is easier for Michigan to change its mind about someone who isn't 'officially' on board as a verbal already. A lot less of a PR hit than, say, deciding not to return Drew Dileo's phone calls and hope he goes away.

Or perhaps it is option 3, and he was never really a silent commit at all.

Intrigue, thy name is football recruiting.

wesq

December 21st, 2009 at 7:51 PM ^

Just because Beachum thinks he's committed doesn't mean the coaches see it that way. The coaches have limited spaces and if a player starts to take visits then they have to asses the risk of holding a scholarship for said player versus taking a commitment from another player. I know Rodriguez doesn't consider a player taking visits committed and I agree. As limited as they are with scholarships and needing quality depth, there is a chance that the scholarship isn't available for Grimes when he's ready to sign his LOI. He might really want to come here but being "committed" to something is a lot more than words and I am pretty those words change when he's talking to Houston Nutt.

Starko

December 21st, 2009 at 7:52 PM ^

You're missing his point. He means (and RR meant) that if you are taking visits, you're not really committed. Being a verbal commit is not an official status and it is in no way binding. Another way of putting it, the school is under no obligation to keep your spot, and if they don't consider you committed, they may well give your spot to someone else. They are not required to accept your letter of intent.

Logan88

December 21st, 2009 at 5:53 PM ^

the gameday experience is supposed to be pretty top-notch in Oxford (e.g. The Grove, Southern Belles, etc.)

Edit: Of course, I just realized that he would be visiting during the off-season and would not get to experience a "gameday" atmosphere...unless Lane Kiffin is handling the recruiting at Ole Miss now. ZING!