In the world of NCAA Football, teams are allotted 85 Full-ride scholarships with the opportunity to sign a maximum of 25 players per recruiting class. So, with that in mind, how in the heck does a school like Tennessee have over 434 official offers given out? And does an offer really mean anything nowadays if that's true?
Now, the majority of members of Power 5 schools are in the habit of offering copious amounts of players they know will never end up on their roster. Though schools like Tennessee (434) and Nebraska (397) are a little bit over the top in terms of this strategy.
The moral issue with this concept is clear as day, there are kids receiving scholarship offers every day that will never truly see the actual scholarship. Again, they are only allowed to receive national letters of intent from 25 players max.
So, where and how does the NCAA begin to draw the line on the number of offers you're allotted? When does the number stop? Because it's not the powerhouse programs out here offering (400) kids to come play at their school.
Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Clemson are perennial partakers in the college football playoff at this point and neither of them has surpassed the (250) mark, in fact, Clemson's only given out (98) offers. Which to me, doesn't that make the moment of receiving a Clemson offer or a UGA offer that much more impactful?
Think of it from the prospect's point of view. How many times do you think an individual was ecstatic to go and play for Tennessee or Nebraska because that was the biggest and best school that offered them, only to have the scholarship revoked when one of the 399 other players was the one they actually wanted.
I know it's easy to pretend we care about the feelings and futures of these individuals that end up making plays for our favorite team on Saturday's, but how about just a little bit of concern for the kid that thought he was coming to Georgia, but ended up having to go the JUCO route because the rug was pulled out from underneath him close to signing day.
No, this is not a new problem, but it's a problem that seems to be escalating.