It started last night with a simple Twitter Post by D4SH. That is the Twitter Handle on one Thomas Tyner of Aloha High School. And it happened during the debate and it touched off more of a response then the Candy Crowley's assist to President Obama over Libya.
The phenom Running Back made one Tweet and the Prep Football world spun out of control.
There it is. Earth Shattering isn't it?
So much so that this kid blew up the evening news channels with TV Sports Anchors saying that he was decommitting from the Ducks. Really?
Those same reporters are all saying he is heading out to UCLA and that he could come back to Oregon and sign his letter of intent the next few weeks to Oregon.
Calm down Duck Nation. Really?
Thomas is not bound to anyone. Understand that folks. And any News anchor saying that he can sign, commit, or de-commit to anyone is crazy. They simple do not know what they are talking about.
The Ducks and dozens of other schools have sent Thomas letters offering scholarships. They can not do that until after August- September of the kids Senior Year; not before.
Once the kid has these letters he can do anything he wants with it. He can paper his wall with them, burn them, or snap a photo and post them to his Facebook Wall. He can mail them to Grandpa Joe, make a paper airplane out of them, and auction them off on E-Bay.
There is only one thing he can not do with Them. And that would be to sign.
The National Letter Of Intent Office makes it clear on the front page of their website.
February 6th, 2013. That is the first time he can become a Duck. Or a Bruin. Or a Longhorn.
Understand this is the world we live in us analyst types. And this is all becoming way to ridiculous. Much of this is an extension of the fact that College Coaches are allowed to verbally offer kids as young as Freshmen. In fact 7th and 8th graders were being offered by the biggest colleges in the Land until the NCAA clamped down on that recently.
You want to know why High School football is being commercialized and ruined by Street Agents? That is one of the main reason right there. The grim reality is that the "Verbal Offer Process" is out of control.
It is like a bunch of guys offering to marry the hottest girls in High School when they turn 18. And that is not a slam on Coaches or schools because to succeed they have to make the proposals.
The Verbal offer process starts the process of expressing interest from a College to a Kid. Ok fair enough.
But because football does not have an early signing period like High School Basketball does this problem of pressuring the kids, even if not intended, is a very real one.
Tyner is a perfect example.
If he could have signed an early letter binding him to Oregon maybe he would have. And it would sure help kids and schools both clarify the landscape.
Here is a great article about why we need and early signing period.
But guys and gals get your facts right.
“If you love something set it free.
If it comes back it’s yours.
If not, it was never meant to be”.
Good Luck to Thomas and all the Boys of Friday Night