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Oversigning, mostly heard about in Division I FBS College Football, is when a team accepts a number of National Letter of Intent signed recruits than a team actually has room for under the 25 scholarships per recruiting class limit or the 85 scholarship-per-team limit.

The conferences most known for having the worst oversigning problem is the SEC. The Big Ten is the only large conference that actually has rules in place to combat oversigning. There have been numerous cases in the last ten years that schools sign over 30 players in one year. This means that AT LEAST five players must have their scholarships removed in those recruiting classes. Keep in mind, these are top flight recruits that have all committed to some of the best schools in the country to play football.

Some coaches in the SEC openly defend Oversigning, claiming that the conference’s success on a national scale is a testament to its recruiting practices. They see oversigning as insurance that there will be 85 top skilled scholarship athletes on the team every year.

The fact is, oversigning is a reality, and it is one that recruits must all be prepared for. Every recruit about to sign a National Letter of Intent should first confirm with the school’s athletic department that they are under the required number of scholarships and that the student-athlete’s future is secure.

Read more: Ask Coach Taylor: Oversigning | College Recruiting Blog - Athletic Scholarships Blog | NCSA http://www.ncsasports.org/blog/2011/03/14/ask-coach-taylor-oversigning/#ixzz1GfwUXI7N