Announcing is silly for non scholarship kids. And there is no guarantee because you sign nothing. My son's team brings in about 6 guys every year and two are cut by October.
Interesting. I was under the impression that many athletes on non-revenue sports are not on scholarship but it sounds like those really being recruited hard get at least something (might be very little) while the rest are recruited walk-ons. Seems like there are 1)full (or almost full) ride blue chippers, 2)regular scholarship athletes who get small scholarships (10-20%?) and spot on team, 3)recruited walk-ons to fill out the roster but no money and/or roster guarantees and then 4) true walk ons. Close?
Pretty good summery… most “recruited” walk-ons will be guaranteed a roster spot, only dick coaches will have a kid come to school with the plan of possibly cutting them (unless they tell them during the recruiting process that’s the deal, “come here if you can hang with the workout groups we will keep you”). There is some paperwork to sign even for non-scholarship kids but it’s largely symbolic and just get the roster addition process underway.