I think it easier said than done. What is early? Before September 1 of junior year? Take a look at the commitments for power five currently in the 2020 class. Kids can wait but there may not be any money left. Talking to parents can still happen. Recruits can call the coach and parentscan get on speaker to ask questions. Seeing the campus and facilities...they have ways to do that. My son is going to wait until end of summer or beginning of junior year but we saw it last year when kids committed later and were told by P5s, we wish we could offer more but it’s all we have left. We are not relying as much on amount but if it was an issue, the pressure would be more to get the money while it was still available.
Not offering money sometimes is a sign that they dont see a player as a big role player. If they want you, they find the money. Whether it be academic or needs based, they find it. They know who and who not to offer a walk on spot to. They need to fill their roster but technically they dont need 35 players. The P5 programs are best at it. Coaches from all types of programs recruit on who will be major role players and who will not. They award money on that premise. Thats why the best get to Omaha.
Go where they show you the love by giving a scholarship. It doesnt have to be a P5 program. Go be a big fish in small pond.