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De-commitments have become almost as common as the commit- ments that precede them. To commit to a college is to give an early verbal DJUHHPHQW EHIRUH WKH RIÀFLDO FROOH- giate signing period; stating you plan to attend that college. Then when signing period arrives and the nation- al letter of intent does indeed show up in your mailbox, you will stand by your word and sign it. Done deal. However, that’s not necessar-


ily the case anymore; at least not recently. Somewhere between the verbal commitment and signing the NLI, things are starting to go awry, leading to an unprecedented amount of de-commits and recommits. Who’s to blame? I’m not com-

pletely sure, but I’ll do my best to dig into this topic.

Pressure You’ve got the goods and

coaches want you to be a part of

here’s been a recent phe- nomenon in the world of college wrestling recruiting.

their program. Ideally, colleges would like to claim rights to you early to prevent you from getting a glimpse of what other schools may offer. They fear if you do explore,

that somewhere else will be more im- pressive to you. With your skills and a hole in their line-up, you can be sure of countless phone calls, texts, letters and visits to you and your family. It’s highly likely that all of those

messages can be summarized to con- tain the same topic, “How do we get you to come to our school?” After a while, the pressure can become immense, recruits grow weary and many young men commit simply in an attempt to relieve the intensity of their recruitment in hopes of being a normal high school kid again. Where you go to school often

times determines the trajectory of your life. This is a big decision to be making early. I recommend you WDNH \RXU ÀYH RIÀFLDO YLVLWV VHH ZKDW actually suits you and where’d you be most comfortable. It’s nice to have options. Don’t choose one too soon.

Jordan Burroughs What is with recent college de-commitments?

Get em’ all; Sort em’ later Many college coaches stockpile

the best high school wrestlers from throughout the country to be a part of their teams, even if they have no intention of having them in their line-up in the foreseeable future. Their mentality is, “Get them all, sort them later.” The truth is, they may be telling multiple guys in the same weight class “you’re our guy.” Unfortunately, that can only be true for one of them. I’ve seen the careers of amazing athletes spent as backups, when they could have likely been All-Americans in another program. It’s truly a travesty. If you can’t use them, leave them alone.

Looking past commitments There was a time recruits be-

came untouchable when they publicly announced their commitment. There was an unspoken honor system in place in which coaches, athletes, and representatives of opposing pro- grams left them alone and recruited elsewhere. That isn’t so much the

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case anymore. This column is not a shot at

Gavin Teasdale, who de-committed from Iowa and committed to Penn State, or any other recent de-com- mitments. I’m not blaming anyone for what’s going on. I’m just trying to gain a better understanding of why it’s become so common now. I hope that every recruit can be happy with their choice and have great success once they arrive. (Burroughs writes a monthly column

for WIN. USAW members can subscribe to WIN between months of USA Wrestler at Follow Jordan on Twitter @AllISeeIsGold.)Q


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