Athletic scholarship offers can change at a drop of a hat so remember to keep that in mind before waiting

Athletic scholarship offers can change at a drop of a hatIn the recruiting process, things can change within hours. I have talked about that many times before how college coaches need to fill up their recruiting classes. They want to land the best possible athletes and that may or may not include you. It really just depends on your timing and making a decision before other prospects do.

So when a coach deadlines an athlete (CLICK HERE FOR THAT ARTICLE), the athlete has until a certain date to make their college decision. But because the topsy turvy nature of the recruiting process, things can spin out of control for you without you knowing.

A few years back, a recruited decided he wanted to play college football at a program in the SEC. And even though a certain school had extended him a scholarship earlier in the process, his position was now full and they were done taking commitments.

The difference between this athlete was that he was not told of any deadline. He was not given a certain date that the coaching staff would be offering another prospect. Instead, with a matter of just a few days, his top two schools no longer had scholarship offers for him.

His plan to choose between Florida and Georgia this weekend has hit an unexpected snag. The 6-foot-6, 270-pound offensive tackle from Northmont High in Clayton, Oh. was set to commit to the Gators on Sunday. But the lack of scholarships available in Gainesville for offensive linemen has Sanders looking elsewhere for a place to play college football.

“The school (him) was going to commit to called and informed him they no longer have slots available,” said his father. “It was a disappointing situation for him. He had told that school to hold a spot for him when he went on a visit there.

“And he had already called all the other coaches and told them he appreciated the experience, but he wanted to go elsewhere. Needless to say, now he feels like he has egg on his face.”

His opportunity to commit to the Gators apparently slipped away this week after Florida accepted commitments from two other linemen. Georgia is in a situation similar to the Gators. The Dogs are tapped out on the total number of scholarships it has remaining for the current recruiting class. “I have not talked to the people at Georgia,” Vincent Sanders said. “They told him if anything comes open they will contact him.”

The good news is that he was a very sought after prospect who had multiple options during the recruiting process. He quickly re-opened things up and ended up signing with a school in the ACC. Really, few athletes have the luxury of powerhouse programs as their backup options.

This really is just another example that anything can happen in the recruiting process. Do not take scholarship offers for granted and don’t prolong the process if you know where you want to go. It may eventually cost you a chance at your #1 choice in the recruiting process.

College coaches are all about playing the numbers’ game when it comes to scholarships. And if they have the position you played filled, chances are slim that they will be able to sign you. Keep that in mind when going through the recruiting process.

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