A growing trend in recruiting for prospects is to make an early commitment.
However, a negative to making an early commitment is that it leads to more decommitments. Recruits have more time to re-think their decisions, plus college coaches seem to increase their efforts when going after a player who made an early commitment.
Several committed recruits who made early decisions in the 2014 class will take visits to other schools. A receiver committed to a Big 12 school will make a few trips. An SEC program needs to be worried about its stud safety commitment, plus a receiver is solid in his Pac-12 pledge, but he will look around to be sure.