In the past years we would be entering relative wilderness on the recruiting calendar. There was a time when most college coaches would slip off about now and find a nice quiet place, preferably near some water.
And while a few will get a brief respite this Memorial Day weekend, there is still a lot going on and a lot about to happen.
Auburn is hosting its annual “Big Cat Weekend” this weekend and a lot of the state of Georgia’s biggest prospects will be in attendance. Kentucky has a one-day camp on Saturday. Georgia Tech coaches were still on the road Friday and Saturday, the last two days of the NCAA’s evaluation period. The Bulldogs have wrapped up their road work but will host a 7-on-7 camp later this next week. The Yellow Jackets’ first summer camp is the next week.
What’s all that mean? It means that you can expect at least a few more commitments in the next few weeks.
The Dogs and Jackets have been working the road very hard the last several weeks. Now they are entering the period where they hope to reap some of what they have sown.
Generally it’s not a time when you expect Billy Bluechip and Freddy Five-Star to commit. But some very good players are likely to jump on offers they’ve been holding.
Chad Simmons, South recruiting manager for Scout.com, tells the AJC:
“Those guys are probably getting advice, whether it be from their coach or parents or whomever, that you may want to go ahead and take this offer while it’s there. While you have the offer now that doesn’t mean they’ll have the same offer on the table three months from now. Some guys don’t understand that teams offer by numbers. They may be looking to sign two linebackers. They may like you best on their board but they may get two guys before you and can’t take you any longer. I think some guys are starting to understand that and see that’s how it works. The 3-star and high 3-star type players might go ahead and start jumping on some of those offers and commit to a school. They may not be completely done with the recruiting process but they may want to go ahead and put their name on somebody’s list to secure their spot for now.”
Each school typically holds about three camps during the summer. Two are those are what could be considered major-prospect camps. Usually one-day affairs, teams bring in most of their main targets and give them a lot of attention as a group, such as Auburn is doing over on The Plains this weekend. However, some school prefer to bring in their “Big Cats” somewhat under-the-radar on intimate, one-on-one unofficial visits.
Another camp is reserved for bringing in mass amounts of young talent. This is where a lot of prospects are “discovered.” Ocasionally you’ll get a commitment or two out of such camps. A ninth or 10th grader may be so impressive that they’re offered verbally (official written offers aren’t permitted until September of their junior season). Rarely they may accept on the spot.
So who might be first to jump on with our local universities. Washington High wide receiver Zack Witchett has been open about his fondness for the Bulldogs for a while. And Venice, Fla., defensive end Clay Burton is down to the Jackets and Clemson.
But you can never tell. It’s just as likely to come out of right field. We’ll let you know when it happens.
Meanwhile, here’s the 2011 commitments lists so far:
NOTE: Sorry for the lack of updates the last couple of days. Unfortunately I’ve been out of commission. But I’m feeling much better now, thank you very much. There will be no new blogs planned until Tuesday due to the holiday weekend but the recruiting blog WILL be updated if and when news warrants. So be sure to check back. . . .