PBR Mailbag: Are Commitments Binding?

By Nathan Rode
National Supervisor

I hope everyone is having a great holiday season. If you’re a Padres fan, it looks like you opened your presents early. We’ll get right to it this week. Here are some questions submitted by readers…

Once you commit is your choice school set in stone or is baseball similar to football where players can de-commit? And how does that work?
There are two levels to this answer. First, is if you’re talking about a verbal commitment, before a National Letter of Intent is signed. A verbal commitment is just that—verbal. Nobody—not the NCAA, the school—recognizes a verbal commitment, which makes it non-binding. A player can verbally commit to one school and then sign an NLI to another during the early signing period.

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