1. All commitments are self-reported. That said, there are often classes that show kids as committed who never show up on their rosters. Some get drafted, some don’t pan out before fall of freshman year...lots of reasons.
2. My opinion, yes and no. If they are that deep into their 2022 class the these are guys they wanted to lock up. Most schools will be looking at players (especially pitchers) until summer after their Junior year.
3. See #2 above
4. There are ways around everything and a kid can initiate communication with coaches at any age.
5. Only if what he brings to the table is good enough to turn their heads. If it’s your initial experience with the coaches, a average or bad showing can do more damage than not going until he fits the kind of metrics they are currently recruiting for his year.