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Semantics and Recruiting

By on January 24th, 2015 in Member Post 2 Comments »

I like the word “semantics”.  I use it a lot because it just seems to fit well in a sentence – multiple syllables, good mix of consonants and vowels, sometimes it can make you sound smart when you talk.  When looking for a definition on the web, a lot of stuff pops up, but the one I found easiest and most meaningful was “the meanings of words and phrases in a particular context”.  Easy enough, and a quick reflection tells me that I haven’t butchered the use of the word too much lately.

I have been very critical on this website as well as in discussions with friends regarding recruiting activities – namely the use of the word (or action) ” commitment” – “the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause” or “an engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action”.  There are more to choose from on the internet.  I think that goes back to semantics.

I have decided that from my standpoint, the recruiting process is not broken (as I have argued in the past), it’s just that the way we describe the process is flawed.  Maybe it’s all semantics.  However, I couldn’t dig deep enough to find a definition of “commitment” that allows the process to function in the manner it functions.  Players make commitments, schools honor commitments, schools recruit players who have already committed elsewhere, players break commitments, schools get mad when players flirt around their commitments, but schools don’t see the harm in flirting with already committed players.  None of these actions, in my opinion, fits with the above definitions.

Strike the word “commitment” from the process.  Early signing, late signing, anytime signing, whatever; just don’t let anyone “commit”.  Maybe it’s not semantics, maybe it’s just bad behavior.


  1. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    Agree with your closing paragraph. As some one said on another thread here this week, just do away with the signing date and let them sign with a school when they want to. When a school reaches their limit, they can’t sign anymore.

  2. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Unfortunately, folks break commitments all the time. Football players do it, but that’s just a symptom of larger social woes. For instance, it is said that a young couple getting married today in the US has roughly a 40 percent chance of the marriage ending in divorce. 40 percent!! What does that say about folks living up to commitments?