When that head coach comes into your home and breaks bread with your family, he is there to try to convince you to come to the school he coaches at. They will wow you and your mother with their heartfelt desire to help you achieve your goal of making the pros. They will promise you and your mother:
that their offensive or defensive system will allow you to shine
you will play as a freshman
you are the next coming of - fill in the name of a great player at your position
if you want, they will promise you three and done
they will protect you.
The may also:
Not spend much time discussing you education unless you force them
have well rehearsed standard lines (sometimes very negative) for each of your other school choices
pull your scholarship offer if someone else better comes along.
With the events of the past few weeks, it should be very important for you to understand just how likely it will be for that coach to witness your commencement as he does your Letter of Intent Day.
With that in mind, I thought it would be useful to understand the changes that have happened in the college football coaching ranks since the end of the 2004 regular season. That is just 5 seasons ago. With a red shirt year, those high school seniors being recruited have just completed their college careers.
Of the 120 major colleges you have to choose from, more than 80 have had at least one change during that five year period. If the same hold true for the next five years, better than 2/3 of the coaches that sat next to you Mother, won’t keep the promises they make.
My advise, be wary. The fact of the matter is that the coach eating your mother's cookies won't be the one that sees you graduate. Unfortunately, some of them won't even care.
ACC: 9/12 Virginia Tech, Maryland and Wake Forest
Big 10: 8/11 Penn State, Ohio State and Iowa
B12: 9/12 Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas
BE: 6/8 Rutgers and Connecticut
CUSA: 10/12 Texas/El Paso and Central Florida
MAC: 12/13 Kent State and Akron
MWC: 8/9 Texas Christian
Pac10: 7/10 Oregon State Arizona and Cal
Sun Belt: 5/9 Florida Atlantic, Troy, Arkansas State, U of Louisiana/Lafayette
SEC: 10/12 Vanderbilt and Georgia
WAC: 7/9 Fresno State, Nevada