OK. I've operated pretty much under the assumption and with a strong conviction that being uncommitted at this point as a 2018 was no big deal and that there's plenty of time. However, a couple of conversations this weekend have me questioning that. First, a school that had offered my 2018 RHP gave him a deadline of April and told him that the $$ is running out and that he would find that most Power 5 schools are likewise going to have given most of the $$ away by the time the high school season starts.
Now, my first reaction was that this was a bit of a scare tactic. However, I called a friend who I trust and who is pretty well connected to the recruiting scene. He confirmed that this is pretty much true. There will still be spots left, but not so much money. He also told me that some of the schools we were waiting hopefully on were pretty much close to done and that I shouldn't pay too much attention to the school's list of commitments posted because you almost never see the JC commitments there. He also told me the funding numbers on a few mid majors we were considering and it sort of shocked me. One, for example, he tells me, only funds 3.0 scholarships.
I took a look at the commitment numbers as they concern my 2018 and here is what I found. He's ranked #163 among RHP's. There are only 34 RHP's ranked above him who are uncommitted. Of those, I personally know of two who have committed but not reported it to PG. On PBR, he is ranked # 105 with 22 ranked above him uncommitted. He is also the highest ranked (all positions) player uncommitted out of our state on PG and the second highest on PBR.
So, we won't be panicked into a commit that he's not comfortable with, but I have to wonder if the common idea that the junior to senior summer is the biggest recruitment time is any longer valid, especially for those who would hope to command better scholarship $$.
To also add to it, we had told schools that he wouldn't commit until after Jupiter. However, due to a minor nagging injury, we shut him down until after Christmas and missed both Ft. Meyers and Jupiter as well as the all important camp period underway now. He'll be full strength by the time the high school season starts, but I do worry now where as I didn't worry at all before this weekend.