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What does a scholarship offer mean?

Every Friday, I write a collection of recruiting news and notes to sum up the week that was in the Northeast region. Last week’s article was essentially a running tally of Northeast prospects and who they had claimed scholarship offers from in the previous five days. With the April evaluation period having just come to a close, it was far and away the longest list I have produced this year.

By the time I was done, I felt compelled to add this disclaimer: Reporting scholarship offers is one of the more difficult things to do in recruiting, because it’s almost impossible to confirm from the source since college coaches aren't permitted to speak about prospective student-athletes. Therefore, all offers are only as good as the source of the information and should all be considered “fluid.”

So what does that really mean? Essentially, it means that while scholarship offers are often perceived to be definitive, more often than not they are anything but.

To better illustrate that point, here are three conversations I’ve had firsthand in recent years: