I get really frustrated when I see a player commit and then un-commit to any school. It is not that I have a major problem with the player who is making the decision for various reasons. It is actually smart for a Junior to commit to a "safety" school in case he doesn't get another offer from a school he'd rather go to.
I have a plan that I believe would improve the entire process for both the schools and the players.
- Eliminate the national signing day fiasco on Feb 4th.
- High School players are not allowed to officially sign with a school until after March 1st of their senior year. After that date, they are allowed to sign at any time.
- Colleges are not allowed to offer scholarships until March 1st of the players' senior year.
- After March 1st, players are allowed to visit campuses and coaches are open to do full recruiting.
- Coaches are not allowed to make any contact with high school players before March 1st of the players' senior year.
- Serious penalties will be forced against the colleges who break these rule as well as coaches being expelled from the NCAA.
The current system promotes cheating. I think eliminating the current system in favor of one formed along these guidelines makes a lot of sense. My system would effectively eliminate the "oral commitment". Once a player visits a school and decides to sign on the dotted line, it is done. This will obviously force players to be more careful with their decision.
There is NO reason why college coaches need to be speaking with high school players before March 1st of their senior year. Coaches will have plenty of time to study film of the players' high school career from the time their season ends to March 1st.
These are a few ideas I had to fix the current process. I'm interested in seeing what ya'll think!