Wednesday, the final day of the spring signing period, came and went with nary a peep from five-star big man Jarrett Allen.
School officials at St. Stephen’s told the American-Statesman on Wednesday they had not heard anything from Allen’s family. The McDonald’s All-American also kept quiet on social media.
The 6-10 forward is considered the 15th-best recruit nationally, according to ESPN.
Just because Allen did not sign a national letter of intent does not mean Texas, Kansas or Houston are now incapable of landing him. Far from it, actually.
Allen could make his decision and sign what’s known as an athletic scholarship agreement, or ASA. That’s what a majority of transfers sign when they arrive at their new schools. It’s simply not what the overwhelming majority of high school seniors do.
Many sign a letter of intent within the fall or spring signing windows just to have the recruiting process over with.
By signing a national letter of intent, players are bound to schools for at least one year. In turn, the schools agree to provide tuition, books, room and board for one athletic year as well.
If a recruit chose to leave without the school’s consent, he or she could be docked a year of eligibility, as outlined by the letter of intent and the NCAA transfer rules.
For example, defensive tackle Du’Vonta Lampkin signed with Texas in 2015, but then chose to attend Oklahoma. After a long, drawn out compliance battle, UT ultimately released Lampkin from his obligation and the player incurred no eligibility penalty.
Generally speaking, schools have become lenient in letting athletes out of their letter of intent requirement after a coaching change.
While this is an unorthodox situation, Allen has never misled the Texas coaching staff, two sources said. He has never publicly announced a commitment to one school, then changed his mind. In fact, he has remained mostly quiet throughout the recruiting process.
So the wait continues. Some recruiting services have hinted Allen was close to making a decision, but ultimately, only he knows.
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