Twas the day before signing day …
Quiet as a mouse? Hardly. There is a truckload of chatter out there on the day before faxes roll into coaches offices.
Before we talk about tomorrow, it looks like Alabama could secure another commitment this afternoon when Memphis offensive lineman Cameron Clear decides between the Tide, the Vols, Duke and the hometown Tigers at a 1 p.m. news conference.
If he commits, that would make 22 new members of the team next fall with only a few departing. Thus, the oversigning issue comes into play.
Per request of loyal blog reader Mike Finney, why not examine the topic?
There is actually a website dedicated entirely to football programs offering too many scholarships. According to Oversigning.com, Alabama is tied with USC as second worst offender out there since it has 10 more commitments than departures. Only Ole Miss (14) is worse. LSU (sorry Mike) follows Alabama with nine and Arkansas has eight more commitments than availabilities.
This opens a whole new can of worms. How these teams slim down to 85 scholarship players can get controversial. Read this story from the USA Today that addresses shortcomings in the rule book.
I hope to dive deeper into this topic later on, but it’s always something to consider when a small senior class cycles through. More updates to come.
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