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Timing is everything with offers

How programs wrestle between getting evals while also making prospects feel wanted

Originally Published: July 27, 2011
By Dave Hooker | ESPN Recruiting

You'll never hear a college football prospect say patience is a virtue.

In the constantly accelerating recruiting world, prospects want their scholarship offers yesterday. These days, they say simply being the first to offer is reason enough to consider a school and not offering early is a sign of disrespect.

Case in point: four-star tailback William Mahone. The Youngstown (Ohio) Austintown Fitch prospect was offered a scholarship by Tennessee in June, long after schools including ...

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