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Old timer posted:
cabbagedad posted:

Welcome to the site.  What position does player play and is this a school at the top of his list?  Are we talking power 5 D1?  These are a few key variables.  I'm sure you will get some great responses but also be aware that you can search existing threads in this forum and there are many on this topic.  Generally...

Some pro's -  

assuming school is making significant $ investment, less likely that they will recruit more high profile guys at your position

better chance of finding a mutual match - they are looking for a player like you for position and you are looking at their school as one of your top choices

some mental relief from the recruiting process


Some cons -

you basically take yourself off the market, so if things change, it can be a much more difficult path to find the right school again

If coaches change, which they do frequently, you may be starting all over or in a place where you are no longer considered the preferred player

it is a very one-sided agreement.  if you don't progress at the expected rate or if they find a better candidate at your position, they will find a way to "back out".

If your interests change or refine as to which school you prefer, it becomes much more difficult to change directions.

 PS - well geez, looks like I just repeated what everyone else said in the last seven minutes.  At least we are consistent.

RHP Major D1 it's on his list

Thanks, so with P's, I think you have sort of another sub-set of pro's and cons.

Teams carry lots of P's.  So, signing the player early and committing $ won't stop school from recruiting hard for more guys like you or better.  P's is where most of the $ goes, although that $ is not unlimited.

The race to sign arms is the most aggressive, so things happen earlier and, thus, I think there are more misses.  Also, injury is most likely to be a factor with P's.  And, if player does not develop quite as well as projected, the school may still keep him on with a lesser role in mind.  That role may equate to a very unhappy player who had the impression he would play a much bigger role.

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