As the football recruiting calendar continues to change, so does the meaning of 'commitment.'
In the aftermath of the summer rush of non-binding verbal pledges, there is inevitably time for reflection and re-evaluation - both for prospects and coaches.
There are no secrets, no place to hide a 'sleeper.'
Recruiting is a spectator sport.
A 'commitment' might as well come with a bulls-eye t-shirt. The only thing 'official' is that competitors know exactly where to take aim.
Clemson, for example, knows it has to beat Georgia to sign Tramel Terry, one of the state of South Carolina's most highly-rated and versatile players. Terry, who made an official visit to Clemson for the Georgia Tech game, is listed as a commitment for the Bulldogs. But as long as Terry has kept the door propped open, the Tiger coaching staff has continued to woo the Goose Creek star.
The Tigers remain in the mix for another prospect connected to Georgia - 2014 wide receiver Demarre Kitt, who last week de-committed from the Bulldogs with the intention of 'starting from scratch' in the recruiting process.
Likewise, anyone making a run at Robert Nkemdiche or Elijah Daniel or Dorian O'Daniel or Deshaun Watson (all rumored in recent weeks) knows that Clemson is the team to beat.
Nothing's certain until signing day, or at least until January, for early-enrolling freshmen. Until then, Clemson's coaches will continue to work all the angles...just like the competition.
Some notes on last week's high school performances:
Wayne Gallman (Loganville, Ga.) rushed for 155 yards and a touchdown in Grayson High's 62-0 rout of Berkman.
Jadar Johnson caught two touchdown passes in Orangeburg-Wilkinson (S.C.) High's 48-42 win over Hilton Head.
Jayron Kearse played quarterback, running back, receiver and safety in South Fort Myers (Fla.) High's 14-3 victory over Fort Myers. Kearse intercepted a pass for the Wolf Pack, which remained unbeaten.
Demarcus Robinson caught three touchdown passes in Peach County (Ga.) High's 34-13 victory over Jackson.
Jae'lon Oglesby rushed for 250 yards on 25 carries in Daniel's (Central, S.C.) 37-34 win over Emerald. Oglesby scored on a 35-yard touchdown run, and then helped set up the winning field goal with a 48-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Deshaun Watson completed 14 of 23 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns in Gainesville (Ga.) High's 49-6 victory over Salem.
Jordan Leggett caught eight passes for 207 yards and three touchdowns in Navarre (Fla.) High's 21-17 win over Choctaw.