The graphic below is exactly how recruiting works in college football today. The “offers” we see listed early on in a player’s JR year are often either based on phone calls by a recruiting staff or the 1st canned recruiting letter that goes out to a player.
But here is that first ‘canned’ letter which a lot of recruits consider an offer to play football at that school… when in reality a school sends out hundreds of these type letters every year to HS juniors. They mean almost nothing.
See the difference here – the letter above is the very bottom rung of the recruiting process and is at least eight steps away from actually getting a formal offer. But HS juniors who receive that see it as a school asking them (offering them) to play ball in their program.
Here is an actual formal scholarship offer by letter… Pitt’s offer to Conner Dintino (note the “I would like to officially offer you a full athletic scholarship...” Until a player gets one of those he doesn’t really have an offer from a school. He has interest, maybe serious, maybe not, from a school and that’s it.
Here are the players in this year’s recruiting class so far.
Here is what I mentioned last week about the problem of getting transfer QB (good for a season) and then trying to recruit better QBs… It’s a fine line I think but when you don’t have any real D1 starting talent in the QBs roster, and for this season I don’t think we do, that’s the strategy a HC has to employ these days.
We saw that with Savage, Peterman and now Browne.
Virginia Tech added two transfer quarterbacks this offseason, and Justin Fuente says transfer QB’s have become their own market.
When Jerod Evans left early for the NFL Draft, it left the Hokies with only two scholarship QB’s — a true freshman and redshirt freshman. So Fuente added A.J. Bush from Iowa Western CC and Ryan Willis from Kansas, who will have to sit out a year. QB’s want to play, so when they can’t or they see an opportunity, they look to move.
“There’s a secondary market essentially, the transfer market,” Fuente said this week on SiriusXM College Sports Nation. “The kids want to play. Those quarterbacks want to play. It’s the only position on the field that there’s only one of. The one’s that don’t play, it’s a lot of work.
“You can hardly blame them for wanting to get on the field and play the game they love. It has kind of created a secondary market.”
Both Bush and Willis joined the Hokies in January. Fuente admitted you always have staff keep an eye on potential transfers. And when Virginia Tech was in the market, they let people know.
Which is exactly what Pat Narduzzi did now in replacing Peterman. But we had to get a transfer in for ’17 and let there be no doubt Browne was brought into start – just like Peterman was.
I don’t think it is a coincidence that we are having a hard time recruiting blue chip QBs when we have rolled over on every single QB recruit we have had, save one single year with Voytik, since 2012 Now we have five seasons with only one starting QB having been recruited by Pitt sends a huge message to the better 4* and 5* QB recruits out there.