Hearing that another player has already committed to a school often results in added pressure that can be a hindrance to the recruiting process.
This is the wrong way to attack the recruiting process, and it becomes reactive v. proactive.
If you are being proactive – contacting college coaches, sending them your academic and athletic information, and providing them a highlight reel – you will be in a far better place at the end of the process. It will limit your stress while assisting you in focusing in the right places – namely, the best school for you.
The last thing you want to do is begin rushing your process. It is imperative to find the right school for you, academically and athletically. A decision made because someone else has made one is likely not the correct one!
Take your time!!
For added background, here is some brief information on committing to a school.
Committing to a School
There are generally two steps when you have decided on a school to attend. The first is the “verbal” commitment, and the second signing a National Letter of Intent (NLI).
A “verbal” commitment is a non-binding agreement where you have committed to a school before you can actually sign a letter of intent. Generally, these are made prior to your senior year, and serve as a sort of “handshake agreement” to attend a school.
National Letter of Intent (NLI)
The National Letter of Intent is a binding agreement in which you sign a letter agreeing to attend a particular school (and that school only). It is an official document tying you to an institution.