A verbal commitment is when a prospective student-athlete verbally agrees to a financial offer made by an institution to play sports for that school. This commitment is not binding on either the institution or the student-athlete and occurs before the student-athlete is eligible to sign a National Letter of Intent. Once a student-athlete signs a National Letter of Intent, the commitment is binding.
Verbal commitments can be made at any time during the recruiting process. As a student-athlete goes through the recruiting process, he or she should aim to keep an open mind for all institutions and go on unofficial and official visits to see which institution is the best choice for them.
Once verbal commitments are made, there are a few key points a student-athlete should remember:
- The coaching staff the student-athlete was recruited by may change. Student-athletes should make decisions based on many factors, including the academic, athletic and atmosphere aspects of the school.
- The student-athlete's decision is not binding and may change. It is tolerable to take back the verbal commitment and begin the recruiting process with other institutions.
- The institution's decision is not binding and may change. It is tolerable to take back the verbal offer and begin the recruiting process with other perspective student-athletes.
- The student-athlete's should keep training. Just because they verbally commit to a school does not mean they can stop improving their skills.
Verbal commitments are an important step in the recruiting process, prospective student-athletes are encouraged to use the full scope of the recruiting process prior to selecting a school.