Since he appears to have signed some sort of legal document with the school then it is between he and the school--- he needs to sit down with them before he does anything else--airing the matter here may only aggravate matters
I've heard of a few reasons given for signing a non-$ NLI as a recruited-walk-on, such as being included in preferred class selection and registration, tutoring support, etc. These are just a few items that could be negotiated at some schools and are valuable to a college freshman…. even if there is no actual baseball money.
I changed the first ones because my friend isn't sure what hes going to do yet. I told him i would take the info off about him so it has no chance of hurting his name and hurting his chances if he decides to stay.
where no nli is required some schools as a courtesy to the player use their own "commitment letter" so the walk on or player receiving all academic $$ has a document to sign at his HS for parents newspapers etc
is it binding & would other schools honor it? nope - there is nothing to honor - it's only a "courtesy show document"
the nli program has 500+ member schools, the courtesy letter progam has 1 member (themself)
if what your friend signed is in fact a school's courtesy letter, he still has options
however - a good rule of thumb is - understand what you are signing
I still urge the boy to sit down with the coach and the AD at the school in question---money or no money--legal or not legal--the boy has confirmed in writing that he is coming to the schools program-- that has to count for something even in this screwed up world !!!
My friend talked to the team and evidently the Letter Of Committmence is nothing like a NLI. They told him since he's only walking on he is more then welcome to change his mind for any reason and other schools can still be in contact with him. They also appreciated the fact that he talked to them about it and not just blow them off. Thanks guys.
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