A college football scholarship offer seems like a fairly straightforward thing, but those who follow recruiting know it is anything but. Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz isn't a huge fan of how things are often done.
Players may receive a "scholarship offer," only to later find out that it was conditional, or has a time limit, or that it wasn't really an offer at all. We saw that situation play out with a recruit who claims that Michigan pulled his football offer weeks before the early signing period, just this week.
Situations like that are part of the reason you see teams that have offered hundreds of players for 20-30 spots in a class.
After inking much of his next Iowa football class on Wednesday, Kirk Ferentz railed against what he called a "scam" in recruiting.
Ferentz says that if a player gets an Iowa offer, the Hawkeyes staff is genuinely interested in that player.
From the Quad City Times:
"If we offer someone, we’re serious about it. To offer multi, multi, multi players at one position, it’s kind of a scam because all you’re doing is you’re getting that guy to think hey, they like me, only to say we’ll let you know in a couple of weeks," Ferentz said.
"To me, that’s not real. We try to be very straightforward with our dialect. That’s approach we’ve always taken."
The numbers bare that out, more or less. The Atheltic's Max Olson took a look at the raw offer numbers for every Power Five school, and Iowa is towards the bottom.
Of course, this doesn't mean that a more selective approach is better or worse. Alabama, which has the top class almost every year, is in that first column, with Georgia not far behind. Other recruiting powers like Texas and Clemson are closer to Iowa on the list.
Being more straightforward about offers being legitimate, and what they mean for the player involved is something we should all be able to get behind, though.