Three-point stance: NIL drama, NCAA governance, Venables’ response

Rival National Recruitment Analyst Nick Harris Looks at the NIL drama unveiled in Nick Soap And Jimbo FisherLift on NCAA’s 25-Signing Rules and Highlights Brent Venebles‘The moment of the first great proof in Norman.


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1. The battle of words between Zimbo Fisher and Nick Saban is an offseason battle that we didn’t know we needed, but it still won’t solve the problem.

Nick Soap

Nick Soap (AP Photo)

Nick Soap Shoot some mega-shots at a booster event on Wednesday night who were willing to stand in crossfire Jimbo Fisher. The attack on Texas A&M’s record-breaking 2022 recruiting class was certainly only motivated by it, but it certainly won’t help. Aggies are off to a four star goal Tony Mitchell from the state of Alabama.

Alabama is losing its own game with the opening of the NIL, and it relies on soaps fired by its donors on Wednesday night to get a share of the program’s money for speed, along with other features of the college-turned-program. The greatest dynasty of football in the 21st century.

What we didn’t expect was Fisher’s quick and swift response on Thursday morning, which rocked social media. I imagine Fisher waking up all night on Wednesday and carefully managing his response just to shut down the script and let everyone know how he really feels instead of doing his usual golf joke. All we have left is a game for everyone to try to figure out who did what and what those “keys” fall within the NCAA guidelines.

But in reality, it doesn’t matter – and it never will.

Let’s play a conjecture for a while. Let’s assume that Texas A&M paid for its 2022 recruitment class and is using that steam to do the same thing as soap in 2023. Who is going to stop the Aegis? NCAA? A live look Mark Emmert Show that he is planning to retire far away from this abandoned place. State government? You mean, like, saltines and their ilk, eh? Again, probably not.

There may be rules in place, but what is the meaning of those rules if there are no measures to enforce them? Sure, soap and everyone else around the country can say this when they are happy about it, but this drama will only increase because the system will be less regulated.

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2. Which parties will benefit from the NCAA lift under the 25-signing rule?

Joey McGuire

Joey McGuire (Texas Tech Athletics)

The NCAA announced Tuesday that it would lift restrictions on the 25-signer rule until the 85-member limit is reached.

This decision greatly helps to overhaul the roster, especially for teams that have seen the portal leave this offseason or for new coaching staff who want to get “their boys” in the building. Which team benefits the most?

My first thought when I heard the news was Texas Tech. The Red Riders have already locked 20 commitments in 2023 class and with this news Joey McGuire By the end of the cycle the number could be pushed to 35.

The question for me is how it would benefit top programs like Miami and USC that are managing first year staff and could load up on 2023 recruitment classes. Expect a flurry of camp offers across the country this summer, and if you’re debating whether to join the 2023 class recruiting camp, this rule is designed for you to succeed.


3. How will Brent Venebles handle the Ashton Cozart’s official visit to Oregon?

Ashton Cozart

Ashton Cozart (

Rivals broke the news earlier this week that Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus Wide receiver and Oklahoma pledge Ashton Cozart would be on an official visit to Oregon this weekend, raising many questions from Oklahoma trustees.

When Brent Venables Moved from Clemson to Oklahoma, former Tigers chose to take over as defensive coordinator Dabo SuiniIts long-standing rule is that committed employers are not allowed to go to other schools. Sweeney’s rules were rarely tested, but Venebals will make his first run-in in less than six months on the job.

How should he respond? It is up to her to decide. Kozart plans to visit Eugene but he is still committed to Suners, so it looks like there won’t be too much competition – at least for the first time.

For my irrational opinion, the hiring process creates a lot of unexpected situations and opportunities and it makes it really difficult to make an initial decision like a quartet and then put things off completely. Let these things unfold and if you want to apply that rule, apply it after the start of the autumn season. At that point, commitments should work to create the class anyway.

Cozart will follow Eugene’s weekend tour with the Norman Trip June 3-5. At that moment, one would expect the rubber to fill the road and a decision would be made in this fascinating predicament.

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