Remember how all the SEC apologists would have you beleive that they did not oversign or over recuit? And then the SEC passed a rule against oversigning and over recruiting?
How can UGA sign 30-35 recruits under the SEC’s new over-signing rules?
1:35 pm December 23, 2012, by Michael Carvell
Last year, the SEC passed new rules on “over-signing,” including an annual 25-man limit for conference teams.
This year, UGA coach Mark Richt told the AJC that he expects to finish with a recruiting class of between 30-35 players. The Bulldogs already have 30 commitments for 2013, with at least a couple of more targets on both sides of the ball.
How can that be? How can UGA sign 30-35 if there’s a new rule with a 25-man limit?
The recruiting term will soon, if it’s not already, be as famous as over-signing, which is defined as a college team signing more recruits than they have scholarships available. Over-signing was made famous by coaches like Houston Nutt and Nick Saban.
Early enrollees is the loophole when the SEC talked tough and passed the over-signing rules last year. What are they? Early enrollees are recruits from high school, prep school or junior college that can complete college entrance requirements by midyear (or graduate early) and enroll at a four-year college in January. In some sense, it’s a reward for both the college and the recruits they target for taking care of work early in the classroom.
What’s the big deal about that? If a recruit can enroll early, then he can be “back-counted” toward the previous year’s recruiting class – if the college finished with under 25 signees in that previous year. Note: You must also stay below the overall roster limit of 85 players, too. This is how UGA will finish with a recruiting class of 30-35, even though all of them won’t count toward the 2013 numbers.