2011 safety recruit and soon-to-be Tennessee commit Pat Martin described life as a soft verbal best when he said, "Tennessee is my wife, the other schools are my girlfriends."
Indeed, soft verbals live the life every man claims to dream of. They hold their spot in one class while checking out their future in a few others.
But sometimes, the plan backfires. The wife grows tired of getting treated as a second-rate mate, and the scholarship, the dinner, and the warm slippers at night go to some other schlub.
Here are eight of the highest-profile soft verbals in the 2011 class. Needless to say, there will be many more than eight as we approach signing day and the heat is turned up. But seven times out of 10, the original commitment sticks. To quote Martin again, "It’s going to take a lot to get me to divorce my wife." Word.